Many years ago, the licensing of lawyers in Virginia was the direct obligation of the Supreme Court of Appeals. As part of the procedure, the applicant presented himself to the Court for examination. One hopeful was unable to define a tort, could not give the basic requirements of a contract and had no idea of what was meant by fee simple.
Edward S. Hirschler,
Federal Regulation of Home Closings- The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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