Help needed to give law students rural summer opportunities
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The ISBA’s Rural Practice Committee is asking any rural attorney who would be willing to hire a student for the summer to please contact the committee.

Presently there are 57 students from Creighton University, Drake University and the University of Iowa who are interested in a rural summer clerkship and have posted their resumes on the Rural Practice Committee’s webpage. The committee would like to give as many of those students as possible an opportunity to experience law practice in a rural community. At present, only four students have been hired.

A couple of financial assistance programs are available to students who are hired by rural attorneys that could help the attorneys with the cash outlay for hiring students for the summer. The ISBA Board of Governors authorized a grant program that reimburses students up to $500 for lodging, travel and other out-of-pocket expenses. The Iowa State Bar Foundation funded a grant that allows students to receive a stipend of $1,000 or $1,500 (depending on the number who apply) in exchange for working at least 50 hours on Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Project activities.

More information about the two financial assistance programs is available on the rural practice webpage here. Details about the summer rural clerkship program, including the benefits of participating, frequently asked questions and a list of student resumes are available on the same webpage.

Contact the committee co-chairs Phil Garland, at 641-923-3792 or, and Amy Skogerson, at 515-996-4045 or You can also contact Steve Boeckman, liaison to the committee, at 515-490-2279 or