Rural practice becomes more attractive for law school graduates
After he was featured in the Wall Street Journal about how law schools address the necessity of rural legal jobs, Arturo Thompson, assistant dean for Career Services, appeared in a Kansas City Star article on the same initiative.
Many new lawyers are finding themselves out of work or underemployed and saddled with student loan debt that averages more than $100,000. As of February, the employment rate for 2011 law-school graduates was 86 percent, the lowest level since 1994.
Suddenly, those small-town jobs look more appealing. And more law schools are helping their graduates see that light.
“We are the state’s law school and we think we have an obligation to supply attorneys not just to the big urban and suburban areas but also to the rural areas,” said Arturo Thompson, assistant dean for Career Services at the University of Kansas Law School.