How much do you really know?
While studying today (yes, I actually did study today, even though it is a glorious, sunny 52 degrees outside) I started thinking that this system of each state having control over its own government might be a bad idea. Think about it, when you move to a new state you are required to get a new driver’s license for that state and re-register your car (paying new taxes) to that state. Why? Why not have a great computer system for the entire country, a universal driver’s license and car registry? How about licensing for things like, I don’t know, lawyers maybe? Why do we have to be licensed separately in each state. Same for real estate agents and doctors. It’s not like performing brain surgery in New York is any different than in Maryland, so why does a Dr. need a new Maryland license?
Money. That’s what it comes down to. Each state wants to make sure they can stick their grubby hands in your pockets. I just spent one thousand dollars on tapes from Barbri on the attorney exam in Maryland. Now, mind you, I don’t even get to KEEP the tapes. I just paid that much for the information contained in them. This is separate and distinct from the 800 I paid for the privilege of taking the exam. Why? Look me up in NY. I was fine! I know my shit! But, how would MD not guarantee a piece of your quickly depleting savings if not for re-licensing. God forbid they allow you to come in from a foreign state and make a living in this one.
I’m bitter because I am not good at studying. I am bitter because I have no job. I am bitter because studying the law just reinforces my feeling that I no longer want to practice it.