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The District of Delaware is looking for its next magistrate judge!

The formal requirements to become a magistrate judge, as set forth in the announcement, are actually fairly easy to meet:

To be qualified for appointment an applicant must
(1) Be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands of the United States, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years (with some substitutes authorized);
(2) Be competent to perform all the duties of the office; be of good moral character; be emotionally stable and mature; be committed to equal justice under the law; be in good health; be patient and courteous; and be capable of deliberation and decisiveness;
(3) Be less than seventy years old; and
(4) Not be related to a judge of the district court.

You don't even have to be a Delaware attorney! Although the qualifications document says that "experience in this Court is preferred" (I would think so!).

Obviously, while the formal requirements are low, I expect you'll be competing with some of the best and hardest-working attorneys in Delaware. If history is any indication, you'd better have a pretty incredible resume if you hope to make the cut. Don't worry, blog readers—we're rooting for you.

Applications are due at 5pm on November 30, 2023. Get on it!

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