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.
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.

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