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Old 05-24-2017, 05:19 PM
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Why can't paralegals do this?
Our society tends to measure what people can do by their education. A lawyer takes 7+ years of university, plus articles. A paralegal has one year of schooling, coupled with either some life experience or an earlier college diploma.
Citation: Paralegal Graduate Certificate

Are there paralegals that could, with the right mentoring, practice family law? Certainly. But they are not presumed to be able to do so.

The argument "but some non-professionals could do this therefore open up the field" has been made to break the monopoly every profession has over its work. The reason the practice of law is restricted to lawyers is they have been vetted (by virtue of attending school, taking bar exams, and being mentored) and, if that has failed, they are insured. Just as are doctors, pharmacists, dentists, et cetera.

High costs of training are one of the reasons that professionals earn a higher income; if someone has forgone 5+ years of their working life, instead paying to be educated, then they expect their career to pay them accordingly. If the market cannot sustain this, there are two options:
1 - train fewer people, which protects the monopoly at the expense of making it less accessible; or
2 - qualify more people with less training, which provides access to services at the expense of quality.
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