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Assuming the question refers to Federal Judgeships, there are no formal legal requirements beyond the very basic ones of citizenship and mental competency.

That is, a person WITHOUT any formal legal degree, training, or experience may be appointed to a Federal judgeship. In the past, it was relatively common to appoint people without a formal legal degree to the bench. Nowadays, it generally is considered a required qualification for confirmation to have a law degree, but that isn't a legal requirement. That is, Congress may not approve of the appointment unless the applicant has a legal degree, but that is a may, not a must.

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The judicial branch generally consists of people who have legal degrees. Also, they have had legal experience as practicing attorneys or law professors.

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