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(S.D.)-Legislature Entices Law Graduates Back To Rural Underserved Areas

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 07/08/2013 08:23 AM
     PIERRE, S.D. (ASSOCIATED PRESS) - 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.
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.


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