More Young Legal Eagles Attracted To Rural Practice In Kansas

It’s a tough job market out there—even for college grads. It’s always been competitive for new law school grads who want to practice in big cities where the high-paying, fast-paced jobs are.  Well, it’s even tougher now. At the same time, small town America needs those new young lawyers. I ran across a great article about this in the Kansas City Star by Mara Rose Williams. She posted her story on July 16, 2012, under the headline, “Rural practice becomes more attractive for law school graduates.” Williams says that competition and few openings in the big city push new lawyers toward small towns. She tells the story of Jeremiah Platt who initially intended to practice in Denver, but ended up with a job in Manhattan, Kan. Williams quotes him as saying, “I wouldn’t trade it.” Williams notes that 85.6 percent of 2011 law school graduates had jobs nine months after graduating, down from 91.9 percent in 2007. She says hat among them, 65.4 percent were working at a job that required bar passage, down from 75 percent  in 2008, 12.5 percent had “law-related” jobs, and 7.2 percent were working in other fields. She cites the National Association for Law Placement as her source. (learn more about Jeff Siegel, a Kansas City irs attorney)

I always want to look for some silver lining to the dire job situation in the U.S. We export jobs, we allow our infrastructure to crumble, and we don’t want to invest in new energy solutions.

It’s nice to see some little flower pushing its little head up amongst the weeds and ruins of the American job market.

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