Bill Enticing Law Graduates To Rural Areas
by Associated Press
July 08, 2013 8:10 AM
As a University of South Dakota law student, Sarah Larson didn't expect to be practicing in the small town of Gettysburg.
But her future husband, Michael. had a desire to move back to his hometown and get into the family business, so the couple settled into a small practice in the Potter County community.
The Larsons are the latest example of law school graduates making the leap to rural areas.
The state Legislature this year funded a pilot program giving 16 lawyers a little more than $13,000 a year for five years to practice in a rural location currently underserved.
Of the state's more than 1,800 lawyers, 65 percent operate in just four cities - Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Pierre and Aberdeen.