So You Want to be a Justice?

What it takes to become a member of the highest court

Here's what you need:

  • a strong knowledge of the constitution
  • in some cases, shared beliefs with the president
  • ability to genuinely listen to each side of a case
  • a love for justice, because you're appointed for life

The Supreme Court

The President's Decision

The president will choose a candidate who has the above requirements but must also consider the politics associated with his decision. Choosing Sonia Sotomayor is widely accepted (and refuted) because she is Latino. And since the President does not have the ultimate say-so ( the Senate has to have a majority vote) then he must choose an exceptional, unique, but ordinary Justice.

Important Supreme Court Cases

Justice Sotomayor: "Every Day We Live Our Life, We Make a Choice"