The process to become a lawyer in the United States is an arduous one, both objectively speaking and relative to other nations around the world. Peter Van Ness has some suggestions on how we can streamline the process governing entry into the legal profession.
News and Commentary
For the Hill, Christopher Bates argues that occupational licensing exacerbates both unemployment and recidivism. “Finding a job is a key component of successful reentry following incarceration. Yet state laws and licensing boards are making it more, not less, difficult for formerly incarcerated individuals with relevant skills and training (or a desire to acquire such skills and training) to obtain employment following release.”
At National Review, Frederick Hess questions the validity and efficacy of teacher licensing. “Even as the ed-school professoriate preaches that good teaching is largely a matter of relationships and emotional intelligence, they defend bureaucratic, rigid licensure systems that just aren’t capable of accounting for these traits.”
Katherine Revello reports in detail at the Maine Wire on an Institute for Justice filing with the Supreme Court over denial of a private eye’s license for statements made online by the applicant. “According to John Wrench, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, “good moral character” phrases in occupational licensing regulations put a lot of power in the hands of licensing boards. Wrench called the phrase an “eye of the beholder issue,” which allows licensing boards to read their personal preferences into the statute and discriminate against license applicants on that basis.”