State Supreme Court Lowers Bar Exam Standards Due To Declining Pass Rates
. . . but when I tell the questioner that customer protection is not even one of the reasons for the Bar Exam, they simply look perplexed. The Bar Exam, law school, and the Bar itself are simply barriers to entry driving up the cost of lawyers by limiting the number available. This is the same for pretty much all licensure schemes. The idea is to limit entry to drive up prices, but no one outside the profession will go for that, so the smart insiders cloak the real reason for the barrier to entry within a Potemkin reason. With law, the Potemkin reason is client/public protection. This follows with nearly every "profession" which requires licensure.
Now we have licensed hair braiders, not because we need licensed hair braiders, but because the "professionals" in the hair industry saw that hair braiders were taking their business, and so demanded hair braiders meet the "standards" of the industry.
All this does is shift money from customers to a small protected cabal of "professionals."
Analysis of the Best Part of the White House Report on Occupational Licenses
The Growing Scourge of Occupational Licensing
Both articles are worth a read. This has been growing since the 1950s but today it is completely out of control.