What Are the Qualifications to Become a United States Supreme Court Judge?

By Egon Schiele, eHow Contributor

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The Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States.

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest judicial body in the United States, and it is at the top of the federal judiciary branch. The Supreme Court consists of the chief justice and eight associate justices who are nominated by the president and confirmed with a majority vote of the Senate. Surprisingly, there are no specific requirements to be appointed a justice.

  1. Requirements

    • The U.S. Constitution lists no requirements. There are no specific requirements to be appointed as a justice per the Constitution, but most nominees have followed a similar background in the law and the nominee has to be approved the U.S. Senate.

    Nominations

    • The president nominates justices. Nominees have to be trained in the laws of the United States and nearly all have attended law school. Common professions represented have been members of Congress, governors and members of the president’s cabinet of advisers. Presidents are likely to nominate someone with whom they are familiar. Nominations are sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    Confirmation

    • The president’s nomination must be confirmed by the Senate, which will vote to determine if the nominee is well-suited to the position of justice on the SupremeCourt. The selection must receive a simple majority vote to receive a lifetime appointment as a justice.

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