Pathways to the Bench

There are many pathways to pursuing federal or state judicial service.  The Office of Judicial Careers (OJC) is glad to provide confidential guidance to our alumni who may seek to pursue judicial careers.  

Certain of the materials available here are materials provided by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, including those made available in connection with the Roadways to the Bench program on April 3, 2023.  

Below please find publicly available information on the qualifications necessary to become a federal or state court judge that are of most general interest, as well as sample applications from Courts.