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Students must submit a research paper on how judges are selected in the Texas judiciary. Your paper 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 at least two other types of judicial selection processes used in the U.S. 3. Choose whichever judicial selection method you think is best and give at least two criteria explaining how and why you made your choice. Possible criteria include: impartiality/independence, accountability and competence of judges. 4. Describe who may or may not benefit from the position you take in: 3) above. Consider the impact on political parties, on justices and 3the individuals in the Texas court system. Also consider the impact in other areas, e.g., economic, political, social. 5. List at least two things you could do in order to engage the political process in Texas in pursuit of your position in 3) above, be specific. 6. Cite at least three (3) reliable, quality references within the body of the paper using the Chicago Manual of Style’s Author/Date parenthetical citation style. One of the citations MUST come from the class textbook (-10 points if this is not done). You must have at least three parenthetical citations in the body of the paper that correctly match the sources properly formatted in the Works Cited Page. A paper with no parenthetical source citations and/or no Works Cited Page at the end will receive a grade of 0; no second chances will be allowed. A significant penalty (50 points) will be given if sources listed in the works cited cannot be found in the paper itself (or if sources listed in the paper cannot be found in the Works Cited). FORMAT REQUIREMENTS: 1. Typed, 2-3 pages (not counting Works Cited Page), 12-point font, double-spaced. 2. Your name, my name, POSC 1123, and the date. 3. A title is required, but a separate title page is not necessary. 4. A thesis or statement of purpose in the first paragraph, e.g., “This paper will…” 5. Use of the Chicago Manual of Style’s Author Date parenthetical citation format. Students must be very careful and pay attention to details when they examine and cite internet sources. The university and political science program policies on plagiarism will be strictly enforced – unacknowledged quotation and/or paraphrase of someone else’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own in work submitted for credit is plagiarism. Failure to identify information or essays from the Internet and submitting them as one’s own work also constitutes plagiarism (see university policy). The minimum penalty for plagiarism is an F for the assignment and/or an F for the course. Examples for the Chicago citation format can be found here: 6. Use of footnotes or endnotes is prohibited. 7. Using encyclopedias, like Wikipedia,, is prohibited (-10 points). 8. Use of word mixers like Spinbot is prohibited and will result in a grade of 0; no second chances will be allowed. The expectation is that this paper will be written in YOUR words – this is not an exercise in copy/paste and you should only use direct quotes when it is absolutely necessary (with correct citation).


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