Becoming a Judge: Useful opportunities

This page includes information/links to initiatives led by the legal professional bodies, the JAC and Judiciary/Judicial Office.

Information will be added and updated on an ongoing basis, to ensure it reflects the latest useful opportunities available.

Judiciary/Judicial Office led opportunities

Judicial Mentoring Scheme

Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme

Judicial Appointments Commission led opportunities

Targeted Outreach programme (external link)

Apply to be a mock candidate (Google form, external link) for dry runs of JAC selection tools.

The Law Society led opportunities for solicitors

Join the Solicitor Judges Network (external link) – The SJN supports aspiring, current and retired solicitor judges, by providing career-enhancing events, materials and networking opportunities. Membership is free.

The Law Society also offers gated resources, via My Law Society portal (internal link) which requires registration.  This includes practical advice from solicitor judges reflecting on their experiences of the JAC process and various webinars on judicial appointments.

The Bar Council opportunities for barristers

Mentoring for barristers (external link) who are interested in judicial appointments. If you would like a mentor, please email

CILEX opportunities for CILEX lawyers

If you have queries regarding a judicial career, please email