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Education and Training Requirements

High School

Most judges have a law degree and prior experience working as a lawyer. A high school diploma, a college degree, and three years of law school are minimum requirements for a law degree. To prepare for a career as a judge, courses such as government, history, social studies, and economics provide a solid background for entering college-level courses. Speech courses are also helpful to build strong communication skills necessary for the profession. Also take advantage of any computer-related classes or experience you can get, because judges often use technology to research and interpret the law, from surfing the Internet to searching legal databases.

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