Skills and abilities: Impartiality, combined with strong reasoning. Decisiveness, supported by comprehensive legal knowledge and research ability.
What you’ll be doing: Responsibilities vary depending on civil or criminal proceedings, and other factors regarding jurisdiction. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:
- Presiding over cases, and reviewing arguments, evidence, and legal briefs
- Passing verdicts, and deciding sentences for criminal cases
- Guiding and supporting juries, helping them understand duties
- Researching judicial trends, and preparing appropriate judgements for cases
- Work within government guidelines to ensure generally similar sentences for crimes
Career progression: Judges are selected by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).This position requires extensive experience as a Solicitor, Barrister, or top-level Legal Executive. Usually, a part-time supervisory period as Recorder or Deputy Judge before applying for full-time appointments. More senior positions such as High Court Judge and Chief Justice are viable.
BA (Hons) Criminology & Law
This specialised BA (Hons) programme focuses on the English legal system and its relationships with the political, psychological, and social aspects of criminology.