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Welcome to the most complete directory on the Web of Judge programs. It contains all the nationally accredited programs, from 101 schools across the country.

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Interested in upholding the law, improving the state of justice in your state or county, and making sure that people are held responsible for their crimes? You may be interested in becoming a judge. This is a very high position at the county, state, and nationwide level, so it requires quite a bit of experience in the criminal justice field and specialized education. We are here to help you find the right criminal justice program in your area, or online, as well. If you are searching for ideas or information about career paths in this field, just use our search tools to contact schools. They can give you direct answers about your specific situation and goals in the field. Continue reading to learn more about what it takes to become a judge!

Working as a judge requires a strong understanding of and respect for the law, including national laws, state laws, and local laws. This may mean upholding laws that you do not necessarily support or agree with, simply for the common good. If you succeed in this field, you may be rewarded with the knowledge that you are making your community safer, supporting the great criminal justice system of the United States, and making a difference in the world around you.

You need to go through a number of steps to become a judge. In addition to completing a criminal justice degree and a law degree, you need to be experienced in the laws of the area where you want to become a judge. Meeting the educational requirements of this position is a great first step to becoming a successful judge!

How Does a Person Qualify to be a Judge?

The journey to becoming a judge starts with a Bachelor's degree. If you know that this is your goal from your first degree, you may wish to major in a relevant field like criminal justice. This degree may give you experience in courses like Juvenile Justice, Ethics and Diversity in Criminal Justice, Criminal Law for Criminal Justice Personnel, and Law Enforcement Theory, Policy, & Practice. After completing a Bachelor's degree with a strong GPA, it's time to apply to law school. A J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree prepares you to work as a lawyer and practice many different types of law. You can plan on spending about three years studying fields like criminal law, torts, property law, and contract law. In the latter half of your law degree, you choose the electives and courses you take. This may help you specialize in one particular field of law and prepare for your future career as a judge. Many who want to become judges choose to focus on criminal law. You can use this degree to gain experience as a lawyer, preferably in the area in which you would like to become a judge.

Once you've become a skilled, experienced, and respected lawyer, you may begin your path to judgeship. The path to becoming a judge varies between counties and states. In some areas, judges are assigned by lawmakers and politicians. In other areas, they are elected. In this case, you need to be willing to campaign for your position. After you become a judge, your work isn't done! You still need to maintain your position. This comes through making sound decisions, representing the interests of your community and its people, and upholding the law. You may need to re-run for your position, advocate for yourself with lawmakers, and defend your decisions.

Career Outlook and Salary Potential for Judge

Judges can earn fairly competitive salaries, thanks to the common long hours and the stress of the position. Per O*Net, the average salary for an American judge is $118,150 per year. However, salaries differ significantly from place to place. In Texas, judges earn an average salary of $66,400 per year. The average salary for a California judge is $171,200 per year (O*Net, 2013). In New York, judges have an average income of $141,600 per year. At the federal level, judges may earn much more. The Federal Judiciary reports that district judges earned an average of $199,100 per year in 2014, while chief justices earned an average salary of $255,500 per year.

From 2012 to 2022, O*Net does not anticipate a significant change in judge job openings across the country. The job outlook is more promising in some parts of the country than others. In California, job openings for judges are expected to increase by 5% through 2022 (O*Net, 2012). Texas may see a 13% increase in job openings in this time frame (O*Net, 2012).

Working as a Judge

As a judge, you may be responsible for many job duties and tasks that come your way. In many cases, judges work alongside other judges to divide up cases and keep the workload fair. In small communities, however, there may be just one or two judges to hear every case that comes through.

Your job as a judge starts before the trial even begins. You are expected to be familiar with each case and its evidence. In addition, you play a major role in the choosing of a jury. You can dismiss jury members to ensure that defendants are given a fair trial in your courtroom. As a trial proceeds, you can ensure that lawyers are arguing fairly, watch to see if evidence is being presented correctly, and advise the jury.

Bear in mind that working as a judge often involves making tough decisions that may be mentally challenging. ABC News reports on a federal case that requires a judge to rule on whether evidence was legally collected. In a case that has gained federal attention, a Wisconsin judge ruled that a 13-year-old defendant who stabbed her friend was mentally competent to stand trial.

If you're interested in the integrity and value of the judicial system, becoming a judge might be the perfect career move for you. Though it's a challengin career path, it can pay off if you're willing to put in the work. Learn more about criminal justice programs in your area, or online, that can help you get started!

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Alabama

Prince Institute (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - CART/Captioning, Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online), Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting, Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online), Associate Degree - Professional Transcription, Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online), Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading (online)
Remington College (Mobile, AL)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates
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Alaska

University of Alaska-Anchorage (Anchorage, AK)
Programs Offered:

Justice Bachelor of Arts
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Arizona

Fortis College (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
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Arkansas

Remington College (Little Rock, AR)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates
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California

Brightwood College (Bakersfield, CA / Palm Springs, CA / Riverside, CA / San Diego, CA / Vista, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Bakersfield, Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Palm Springs, CA, Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Riverside, CA, Associate Degree Criminal Justice - San Diego, CA, Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Vista, CA
Bryan University (Gold River, CA / Los Angeles, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associates in Court Reporting, Associates in Court Reporting (online)
Cerritos College (Norwalk, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Arts - Court Reporting and Captioning Careers, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Beginning Realtime Captioner/Broadcast Captioning, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - CART Reporter/Realtime Captioner, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Certified Realtime Reporter, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Proofreader - Court Reporting Method, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Realtime Rapid Text Entry, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Scopist for Court Reporters, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting/Computerized Shorthand, Certificate of Completion - Proofreader - Court Reporting Method, Certificate of Completion - Scopist for Court Reporters
Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center (Sacramento, CA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
College of Marin (Kentfield, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting
Grossmont College (El Cajon, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Legal Systems / Court Management
Humphreys College (Stockton, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Arts - Court Reporting, Associate in Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Arts - Court Reporting, Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting - CSR (Online) (online), Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting, Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting (online), Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting
Sage College (Moreno Valley, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Diploma - Court Reporting
San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus (Calexico, CA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Interperting
Sierra College (Rocklin, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science - Administration of Justice - Courts
Sierra Valley Business College (Fresno, CA)
Programs Offered:

Career Training - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
South Coast College (Orange, CA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Taft College (Taft, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Certificate of Achievement - Court Reporting
West Valley College (Saratoga, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Certificate of Achievement - Court Reporting
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Colorado

Community College of Aurora (Aurora, CO)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Criminal Justice Court Services
Prince Institute (Westminster, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - CART/Captioning, Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online), Associate Degree - Court and Realtime Reporting, Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online), Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online), Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading (online)
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Connecticut

GateWay Community College (New Haven, CT)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Real-time Reporting - Broadcast Captioning, Associate of Applied Science - Real-time Reporting - CART, Certificate of Completion - Real-time Reporting - Broadcast Captioning, Certificate of Completion - Real-time Reporting - CART
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Florida

ASA College (Hialeah, FL / Maimi, FL)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice- Associate in Science`
Atlantic Technical Center (Coconut Creek, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Keiser University (Fort Lauderdale, FL / Orlando, FL / West Palm Beach, FL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - Fort Lauderdale, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - Orlando, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - West Palm Beach, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Orlando, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - West Palm Beach, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies - Orlando, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies - West Palm Beach, Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigations - Orlando, Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigations - West Palm Beach, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Orlando, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - West Palm Beach
Key College (Dania Beach, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Real Time Court Reporting
Miami Dade College (Miami, FL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting Technology
Saint Leo University - Online Undergrad (Saint Leo, FL)
Programs Offered:

BA in Criminal Justice (online)
Sheridan Technical Center (Hollywood, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting / Legal Transcription, Certificate - Court Reporting/Legal Transcription
Stenotype Institute (Jacksonville, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
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Georgia

Brown College of Court Reporting (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate and Associate of Applied Science Degree in Court Reporting-Stenography , Certificate in Court Reporting-Voice Writing
Iverson Institute (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Shorter University (Rome, GA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor Of Science / Arts In Criminal Justice (online)
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Hawaii

Remington College (Honolulu, HI)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates, Criminal Justice- Bachelors
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Illinois

MacCormac College (Chicago, IL)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
Midstate College (Peoria, IL)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Realtime Reporting
Prince Institute (Schaumburg, IL)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online), Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online), Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online), Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading (online)
South Suburban College (South Holland, IL)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology Basic, Certificate - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology Machine Shorthand Secretarial, Certificate - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology, Certificate - Court Reporting
Sparks College (Shelbyville, IL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting (online)
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Indiana

Calumet College of St. Joseph (Whiting, IN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Probation, Parole and Courts, Bachelor of Science - Probation, Parole and Courts
College of Court Reporting Inc (Hobart, IN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting (online)
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Iowa

AIB College of Business (Des Moines, IA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting
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Kansas

Grantham University (Lenexa, KS)
Programs Offered:

AA - Criminal Justice (online), BA - Criminal Justice (online)
Rasmussen College (Overland Park, KS / Topeka, KS)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice Associate, Paralegal Certificate
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Louisiana

Bossier Parish Community College (Bossier City, LA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Legal Systems
Mid City College (Baton Rouge, LA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting (online)
Remington College (Lafayette, LA / Shreveport, LA)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates, Criminal Justice - Bachelor
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Michigan

Academy of Court Reporting (Clawson, MI)
Programs Offered:

Career Training - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Baker College (Auburn Hills, MI / Cadillac, MI / Clinton Township, MI / Flint, MI / Jackson, MI / Muskegon, MI / Port Huron, MI)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate
Career Quest Learning Centers (Jackson, MI)
Programs Offered:

Legal Secretary Certificate - Jackson, Paralegal Studies (AAS) - Jackson
Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Programs Offered:

Masters in Criminal Justice - Specializations available in Judicial Administration and Security Management (online)
Oakland Community College (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Court and Caption Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court and Caption Reporting, Certificate - Court and Caption Reporting
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Minnesota

Rasmussen College Online (Mankato, MN)
Programs Offered:

Paralegal Associate (online), Paralegal Certificate (online)
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

B.A. - Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

BS in Human Services - Courts and the Legal System (online)
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Mississippi

Hinds Community College (Raymond, MS)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting Technology, Certificate - Court Reporting Technology
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Missouri

Vatterott College (Saint Joseph, MO)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Saint Joseph
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Nevada

Brightwood College (Las Vegas, NV)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Las Vegas, NV
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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

Stenotech Career Institute (Fairfield, NJ / Piscataway, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Deposition and Court Reporting
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New York

Business Informatics Center Inc (Valley Stream, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting
Long Island Business Institute (Flushing, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting
New York Career Institute (New York, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Occupational Studies - Stenotype Court Reporter, Associate of Science - Stenotype Court Reporting, Certificate - Stenotype Hearing Reporting, Certificate - Stenotype Stenographer
SUNY-College of Technology at Alfred (Alfred, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
SUNY-Erie Community College (Buffalo, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
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North Carolina

Catawba Valley Community College (Hickory, NC)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
ECPI University (Charlotte, NC / Raleigh, NC)
Programs Offered:

Bachelors in Criminal Justice - Charlotte, Bachelors in Criminal Justice - Raleigh
Miller-Motte College (Cary, NC)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate of Applied Science (online), Criminal Justice - Bachelor of Science (online)
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Ohio

Academy of Court Reporting (Cleveland, OH / Columbus, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Clark State Community College (Springfield, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Broadcast Captioning/CART, Certificate - Judicial Reporting Scopist
Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Business - Captioning and Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting Technologies
Miami Jacobs Career College (Columbus, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Court Reporting
Remington College (Cleveland, OH)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates
Stautzenberger College (Maumee, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Business - Court Reporting, Associate of Arts in Business - Court Reporting
Stautzenberger College-Brecksville (Brecksville, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Business - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
The University of Findlay (Findlay, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Legal Courts
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Oklahoma

Tulsa Tech (Tulsa, OK)
Programs Offered:

Career Training - Court Reporter
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Oregon

Sumner College (Portland, OR)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Diploma - Court Reporting
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Pennsylvania

Academy of Court Reporting (Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Fortis College (Forty Fort, PA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg, PA)
Programs Offered:

Career Associate - Court & Realtime Reporting, Certificate - Court & Realtime Reporting
Luzerne County Community College (Nanticoke, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting/Captioning, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
Orleans Technical Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
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South Carolina

Midlands Technical College (West Columbia, SC)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
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Tennessee

Remington College (Nashville, TN)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates
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Texas

Alvin Community College (Alvin, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Scopist: Court Reporting
Arlington Career Institute (Grand Prairie, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Stenograph Court Reporting
Brightwood College (Beaumont, TX / Laredo, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Beaumont, Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Laredo, TX
Court Reporting Institute of St. Louis (Dallas, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting (online)
Del Mar College (Corpus Christi, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
El Paso Community College (El Paso, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
Iverson Institute (Arlington, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Kilgore College (Kilgore, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting/Scopist, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting/Scopist, Certificate - Court Reporting
Kussad Institute of Court Reporting (Austin, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Remington College (Fort Worth, TX / Garland, TX / North Houston (Greenspoint), TX)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates, Criminal Justice - Bachelor, Criminal Justice - Bachelors, Criminal Justice- Bachelor
Vista College Online (Richardson, TX)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice Associate Degree (AAS) (online)
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Utah

Eagle Gate College (Layton, UT / Murray, UT)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Bachelors - Layton, UT, Criminal Justice - Bachelors - Murray, UT
Fortis College (Salt Lake City, UT)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
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Virginia

Fortis Institute (Virginia Beach, VA)
Programs Offered:

Career Training - Court Reporting
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Wisconsin

Rasmussen College (Appleton, WI)
Programs Offered:

Paralegal Associate, Paralegal Certificate