CNN presenter Poppy Harlow recently took a leave of absence from the network to attend a one-year layman’s master’s program at Yale Law School. By drawing attention to Yale’s MSL program, Ms. Harlow helps shed light on the absurdity of the legal profession’s lengthy and costly requirements to obtain a lawyer license, which primarily serve to increase attorneys’ incomes and to limit access to justice.
If Ms. Harlow wanted to practice law after completing the MSL program, she would not be able to do so. Instead, she should be accepted into a law school with a three-year program accredited by the American Bar Association and pass a state bar exam. The ABA and state bar examiners argue that these requirements set a minimum standard of quality for lawyers and protect clients from incompetent representation.