An inspection of data on magistrates and justices of the peace revealed that in many states the statutes do not require law degrees for the positions. A survey of a randomly selected sample of magistrates in one midwestern state found support for the claim that a law degree was not a pre-requisite for a magistrate's position. The author argues that social workers have the education and skills for magistrate and justice of the peace positions and proposes them as areas of employment.
Maypole, Donald E.
"Social Workers as Magistrates or JPs?,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 11
, Article 11.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol11/iss3/11