Pasadena, CA - Researchers at LawCrossing are of the view that most lawyers are blaming their jobless status on the legal job market simply because they are not looking for opportunities beyond urban areas. There are about 39,052 chances in the U.S. with many opportunities in the rural areas, but many lawyers are not taking up these opportunities even though these positions come along with many perks. This fact has also been brought to light by the article ‘Rural Nebraska faces shortage of attorneys,’ featuring on Omaha.com on 30 September and ‘Rural lawyer shortage means long drives, but plenty of jobs’ on JournalStar.com, published on 29 September.
Several legal positions, according to LawCrossing have remained unfilled in counties of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Wyoming and South Dakota. The Nebraska State Bar Association affirms this saying that many counties are underserved at the moment. And due to this, people at times have to travel up to 200 miles to get justice. Most often lawyers are unaware of opportunities in these areas. About 12 counties in Nebraska desperately need the services of lawyers. These include, Columbus, Sydney and Albion. Likewise, Paul Chaub, Cheyenne County Attorney, says that they are loaded up with a lot of work to do. Resultantly, more legal minds are required in Wyoming. As per a 2012 data by NSBA there were only 18 lawyers in Cheyenne County, four in Deuel County, two in Kimball County and none in Banner County. This situation could change, this year, if more legal graduates take to the rural path just like Sara K. Stadler who is now an adjunct at Creighton University School of Law.
LawCrossing combs through several newspapers, government and recruiter sites to bring positions that go unnoticed at one location. Jobseekers can browse through https://www.lawcrossing.com/jobs/l-Nebraska-jobs.html to find a position best suiting their qualifications in Nebraska. There are 149 jobs in Nebraska. Additionally, there are 19 new positions in Cheyenne and 48 openings all over Wyoming. About 50 active openings on the website are also present in South Dakota that is part of South Sioux City and 1093 active positions are still awaiting takers in Ohio. All these positions have many perks attached to them say experts.
To make the move more enticing for lawyers, South Dakota enacted HB 1069 earlier in the year. According to this 16 attorneys agreeing to work for five years in the rural counties of the state were provided funding to repay law school tuition. While Nebraska could not make such commitments, NSBA started its rural practice initiative this summer. The program educated second and third year law students about the benefits of practicing law in rural areas. It also led to 2-3 people landing jobs says Marsha Fangmeyer, President of NSBA. So, counties are making their effort too, in all which way, to get legal aid coming their way. Yet, new graduates are not keen on accepting rural jobs because they get paid less than in urban areas. Nevertheless, this leads to bigger concerns with regard to repayment of student loan debt.
Given the current scenario, recruiters at LawCrossing suggest that jobseekers should invest their time in opportunities wherever they can find them, even if it means practicing in rural areas. The benefits of practicing in rural areas are:
Accelerated career advancement
Shorter service span commitment – (only 4 to 5 years)
Low cost of living
Substantial family time
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