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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 the 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  3 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 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 at the end of the paper. A paper with no parenthetical source citations in its body will receive a grade of 0; no second chances. A paper with no Works Cited Page at the end will receive a grade of 0; no second chances. FORMAT REQUIREMENTS: 1. Typed, 2-3 pages (not counting Works Cited Page), 12-point font, doublespaced. 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 parenthetical citation format. Students must be very careful and pay attention to details when they examine and cite internet sources. 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. 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. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS 1. Your paper must be submitted via the Turn It In link found in eCourses. You do NOT need a code; log into eCourses and click on the link that says, “Assignment #2: Research Paper,” then click on the submission tab and follow the prompts to upload your paper. 2. Your paper must ALSO be submitted via the Taskstream link found in eCourses. 3. Papers will be graded only after they are submitted to both Turn It In and Taskstream. 4. Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances, so plan accordingly. 5. A paper placed in my office, in my mailbox or emailed will not be accepted for grading. 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. Your completed paper is submitted via the TurnItIn assignment and Taskstream links in eCourses on Sunday, July 19.  Inquizitive chapter-bychapter online questions (20% of final course grade) Your text comes with an interactive feature called “Inquizitive.” You are required to answer all these questions. Unlike the actual exams, you can retake these questions as many times as you like. These are accessed via the Inquizitive link in eCourses and are due each Sunday. Additional Instructor Policies Political Science Program Policy on Plagiarism: Plagiarism is a serious academic crime and the Polit

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