The new law, which will go into effect in June, requires a five-year commitment from the applicant and sets up a pilot program of up to 16 participants. They will receive an annual subsidy of $12,000, 90 percent of the cost of a year at the University of South Dakota Law School.It is similar to a federal program to subsidize rural doctors and nurses, and serves as a reminder that legal services are an important social good.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Too Many Lawyers?
Or just a maldistribution? This article in today's New York Times discusses the lawyer shortage in South Dakota, and measures the state is taking to alleviate the shortage, including enacting a state law that subsidizes lawyers who will live in and serve rural communities.
Posted by Daniel H. Cole at 11:31 AM