Research essay on how judges are selected in the Texas judiciary
Students must submit a research essay on how judges are selected in the Texas judiciary. Your essay must meet the following content, format and submission requirements: CONTENT REQUIREMENTS 1. Identify and explain the current TEXAS law regarding the selection of most judges in Texas. 2. Identify and explain one other type of judicial selection process used in the U.S. 3. Choose the judicial selection method you think is best. 4. Give one reason explaining how and why you made your choice. Possible reasons include: impartiality, accountability and competence of judges. 5. Cite the textbook “Governing Texas” within the body of the paper using the Chicago Manual of Style’s parenthetical citation style also referred to as the author-date format (-25 points if the textbook is not cited). Students may also use additional scholarly sources. A paper with no parenthetical source citations in its body will receive a grade of 0. A paper with no works cited section (a.k.a. list of references, a.k.a. bibliography) at the end of the body will receive a grade of 0. FORMAT REQUIREMENTS: 6. Typed, 1 page (not counting Works Cited Page), 12-point font, double-spaced (-25 if the paper is less than 1 page). 7. An introduction with a thesis/statement of purpose in the first paragraph: “This paper will…” (-10 if this is not done) 8. A logically organized and sequenced body followed by a clearly stated conclusion. 9. Use of the Chicago Manual of Style’s parenthetical citation format (also referred to as the author-date format). Students must be very careful and pay attention to details when they examine and cite internet sources. 10. Use of footnotes or endnotes is prohibited (-25 if this is done). 11. Using encyclopedias, like Wikipedia, Ballotpedia, history.com, kids.law.com, etc. is prohibited (-10 points). 12. Use of word mixers like Spinbot is prohibited and will result in a grade of 0; no second chances will be allowed. Papers are graded according to the following four criteria: 1) content; 2) organization; 3) quality of writing; and 4) quality of research sources and reference citation formats. Students are required to register for, then take this 10-question Plagiarism Certification Test as many times as necessary in order to obtain the Plagiarism Certificate.
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