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Judges and Hearing Officers
What Judges and Hearing Officers Do Judges and hearing officers apply the law by overseeing the legal process in courts. They also conduct pretrial hearings, resolve administrative disputes, facilitate negotiations between opposing parties, and issue legal decisions. All judges and hearing officers are employed by the federal government or by local and state governments. Most work in courts. The majority work full time.


How to Become a Judge or Hearing Officer
Judges usually have law degrees and work experience as lawyers. However, some administrative law judge, hearing officer, and magistrate positions require only a bachelor’s degree.


Pay - Job Outlook 

The median annual wage for judges and hearing officers was $109,010 in May 2015. Employment is projected to show little or no change to 2024.


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