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What do Judges do?

Judges preside over courts of law, interpret/enforce rules of procedure, adjudicate civil/criminal cases, and administer justice. They may specialize in particular areas of law such as civil, criminal, and family law.

How to become: Judges

People in this group require a pre-law college or university program and a bachelor's degree from a law school. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.

Extensive experience as a lawyer or as a professor of law with continuous membership in the bar association is usually required.

Membership in good standing with a provincial or territorial law society or bar association is required.

Judges are appointed by federal or provincial cabinet.

Those appointed to more senior positions in a court, such as chief justice, usually have experience as judges in that court.

To be a judge, you usually need extensive experience as a lawyer or law professor and continuous bar association membership. You must be a member in good standing with your provincial/territorial law societies or bar associations.

Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree, and almost 1 in 4 has a graduate degree.

Where to study for a career as: Judges

Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Bachelor of Arts Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Redeemer University
Ancaster, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Law and Public Policy Bachelor
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Lakehead University - Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Law Bachelor
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University of New Brunswick - Fredericton
Fredericton, New Brunswick, CA

Related Program(s):
Law Bachelor
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University of Sussex
Brighton, England, GB

Related Program(s):
Law with Business and Management (LLB) Bachelor; Honours
Law with American Studies (with a study abroad year) (LLB) Bachelor; Honours
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Modified on January 26, 2022

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