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What Are The Qualifications To Become A Supreme Court Justice

Lisa JacksonJuly 1, 2021

The Supreme Court of the United States is an institution with vast power over American law and can choose to hear or deny any case that it sees fit. It only hears cases that will have a long-term impact on some part of our legal system, but this makes their decisions all the more important for shaping how we live today. With this in mind, the Supreme Court is an important force for American progress. What are the qualifications to become a supreme court justice? Here are some considerations and qualifications.

Formal Qualifications for Supreme Court Justices

You may be surprised to know that the Constitution doesn't provide any specific criteria Supreme Court justices need to satisfy in order to be selected. There is no age requirement or citizenship requirement, and one doesn't even need a profession. While there are qualifications for people who want the presidency, the Supreme Court is at least by law an open race with few restrictions on eligibility requirements.

Confirmation by The Senate

Perhaps the reason why there are no certain qualifications is that a Supreme Court justice always needs to be confirmed by the Senate before they can be appointed. This provides an extra layer of protection for our country because should they in some way seem dangerous, unqualified, incompetent, etc., then Senators would never approve their nomination. Therefore this ensures we're getting someone with experience on America's highest court. This means that the Senate has casual rules by which it makes its determinations, and these informal rules tend to influence who becomes president.

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Judges, Lawyers, and Famous People in The Legal Field

In practice, today Supreme Court justices are almost always chosen among America's elite legal minds. The majority will have served as a federal court judge on some central circuit before being appointed to the Supreme Court. In some cases, as with Elena Kagan, justices are pulled from the administration of elite law schools. In others, they come directly out of service in private sector firms or other positions within the government itself. With few exceptions (such as Clarence Thomas), all appointees had been lawyers for most if not their entire careers - often having practiced at prestigious Washington DC-based law offices where politicians go when looking for counsel about potential judicial appointments themselves before entering the public office!

FAQ’s

What are the requirements of being a Supreme Court justice?

The Constitution does not specify qualifications for the Justices, such as age and education. They do have to be a lawyer or law school graduate though, but all of them are trained in the law.

What is the minimum age for a Supreme Court justice?

There are no explicit requirements in the U.S. Constitution for a person to be nominated to become a Supreme Court justice, but there is one requirement that stands out: they must not have any law degrees!

What is power of Supreme Court?

A judiciary that oversees the legality of all laws and executive orders. If an law is deemed unconstitutional, it can be overturned or changed by Parliament. Finally deciding which presidential candidates will run for office to represent their party in a general election

What are the chances of becoming a Supreme Court justice?

In this 20 year stretch, there will be four or five vacancies on the Court. If we throw out a few thousand people to account for career changes, disbarment and death which is roughly a 4 in 800000 chance then you're looking at 1:2000000 shot of being nominated!

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