The Requirements to Become a United States Magistrate Judge

By Lynn Dean, eHow Contributor

A United States magistrate judge serves the federal district court on trial cases. The tenure for a magistrate judge is for eight years full-time or four years part-time. After the office term is completed, they can become reappointed. District judges, who are on a lifetime tenure service, are in charge of supervising magistrate judges.

  1. Education

    • A federal magistrate judge must have a four-year bachelor’s degree. In addition, you must have a post-graduate Juris Doctorate law degree. Most federal judges are required to be attorneys first, which means you must complete and passed the bar exam.


    • You must be a member of the American Bar Association for the state you wish to serve.


    • District judges from the district court select and appoint who can serve as a United States magistrate judge.

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