In her defense, not sure that I could do that either, without reviewing before hand. That said, she was poorly prepped on the questions expected to be asked.
Here’s how federal district judge are appointed. A lawyer applies for the appointment. Each state has a committee that recommends a group of candidates for appointment(s) from the applicant pool. Form the pool the White House selects the one(s) they want to interview. The FBI does a background investigation on the applicant(s) forwarded to the White House. Then the White House makes the appointment and the appointment is sent to the Senate for confirmation. Generally, they want someone in their 40’s as to make sure the government get their 20 years before they take Senior status. This was set up to (1) keep out pure political crony appointments and (2) dead wood.
As far a law school, frankly I took a mental dump after each course unless it was a two semester course. And I think most of my classmates did too.
When I was in law school I took three kinds of course. (1) 1st Year required (2) bar exam courses (3) courses that I could make a living from. The only exception was Law of the European Union which was my thesis course.