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How old do you have to be to be a federal judge?

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September 17, 2010 2:11PM

There are no official constitutional or legal qualifications required of federal judges, but Congress and the President follow their own informal guidelines. Generally, federal judges are first appointed during middle age, after they've gained experience practicing as lawyers or presiding over state or other types of courts.

The US government estimates the typical age of first appointment to the federal bench is 49 years.