U of I students told about the benefits of rural practice
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Sixteen University of Iowa College of Law students gathered last Friday for an hour-long presentation and question and answer session on what it’s like to practice in rural communities. The presentation was made by Phil Garland and Amy Skogerson, co-chairs of the ISBA’s Rural Practice Committee.

"Clients want us to hire people in our offices. They don’t want to go elsewhere for their legal needs,” Garland, a long-time attorney in Garner, told the students. He explained why it’s important for the legal profession in Iowa to take on the responsibility of attracting new, young lawyers to rural practice as current lawyers in those practices retire.

Skogerson, who has a solo practice in Van Meter, told the students that new and exciting aspects of law practice are emerging that fit well in rural practice. Two of those new opportunities are collaborative law and mediation.

The ISBA’s Rural Practice Committee, created in 2010, has as its primary initiative a summer clerkship program whereby mostly 1L and 2L students spend 10 weeks during the summer working with rural practitioners to get a taste of law practice in rural communities. The goal is for those students to choose a rural practice when they graduate and are admitted to the Iowa Bar.

More information about the summer clerkship program, including frequently asked questions, can be found on the ISBA website. To be taken directly to the information, click here. To reach the information from the website, click on "Rural Practice” under the "Committees & Section” tab in the gold bar near the top of the homepage.