Tuesday, October 14, 2014
...at least not in small towns, and rural communities. Legal services are hard to find in rural populations in the United States. Furthermore, many lawyers in those towns will be retiring within the next decade. There are opportunities for recent law graduates to work with those senior lawyers, who will be mentors. The younger lawyers will, in many cases, have the opportunity to take over existing practices with established clients. Lawyers in small towns are important for the economic development and health of the community. They are often civic leaders and municipal judges.
As Richard L. Hermann said in his book, Practicing Law in Small-Town America:
Small-town America is still very much under-served by the legal community. Moreover, housing is affordable, commuting to and from work is a non-issue, and schools have fewer problems than their urban counterparts...
Many state bars, including the Mississippi Bar, are developing programs to encourage law graduates to practice in rural areas. They recognize that there are simply not enough lawyers to serve these important communities.