Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Publication Title

International Journal of the Legal Profession

Volume

20

Issue

3

DOI

10.1080/09695958.2014.896803

Keywords

Access to Justice, Legal Services Regulation

Abstract

High prices and lack of innovation have placed expert legal services beyond the reach of too many Americans and Canadians. Is legal services regulation exacerbating common law North America’s access to justice problem? Does regulatory maintenance of a unified legal profession, and insulation of that profession from non-lawyer influence, make it more difficult for people here to meet their legal needs? This article argues that, although regulatory liberalization is not a magic bullet for the accessibility of justice, there is strong evidence of a link between regulation and access. North American lawyer regulators need to understand, and work to reduce, the effects of their policies on the accessibility of justice

Comments

This article was first published in the International Journal of the Legal Profession and is available here. Taylor and Francis.

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