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Judges, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Worker
Judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers apply the law and oversee the legal process in courts.
The Job
The most visible responsibility of judges is presiding over trials or hearings and listening as attorneys represent their clients. Judges rule on the admissibility of evidence and the methods of conducting testimony, and they may be called on to settle disputes between opposing attorneys.
Work Environment
udges, magistrates, and other judicial workers do most of their work in offices, law libraries, and courtrooms.
College Majors
bachelor's degree
Minimum Qualifications
A bachelor's degree and work experience usually constitute the minimum requirements for judges and magistrates, but most workers have law degrees, and some are elected.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Judges and magistrates must be appointed or elected
Quick Facts
  • A bachelor's degree and work experience are the minimum requirements for a judgeship or magistrate position, but most workers have law degrees, and some are elected.
  • Overall employment is projected to grow more slowly than average, but varies by occupational specialty.
  • Judges and magistrates are expected encounter competition for jobs because of the prestige associated with serving on the bench.
Compensation and Outlook
udges, magistrate judges, and magistrates had median annual wages of $110,220 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $51,760 and $141,190. The top 10 percent earned more than $162,140, while the bottom 10 percent earned less than $32,290. Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates in May 2008 were $126,080 in State government and $77,390 in local government. Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing offi
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