USA: Regulating Non-Lawyers to Close the Access to Justice Gap
Rigertas, Laurel A.
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Despite the fact that many new lawyers are struggling today to find employment, there are a few regulators of the legal profession willing to consider how non-lawyers can help to close the gap in consumer access to legal services. One would expect strong resistance from the legal profession to any competition for legal work, particularly in these economic times. The willingness of a few states to explore non-lawyer options, however, signals some recognition that a change in the scope of the legal profession's monopoly is needed to meet the growing demand for legal services that cannot be met through pro bono and legal aid services.