Maine school moves to reverse shortage of rural lawyers

A new program puts aspiring young lawyers in country practices in hopes of increasing access to justice in underserved areas.

News Story (Maine)

Noel K. Gallagher
Portland Press Herald (Maine)
October 22, 2017

Tags: Access to Justice, Rural

Organizations mentioned/involved: American Bar Association (ABA)


Maine’s got a lawyer problem.

A rural lawyer problem, specifically. There aren’t many of them to start with, and more than 65 percent of them are over 50 years old. To combat that shortage, the state’s only law school is offering students paid summer fellowships to work in law offices in rural areas, and a state lawmaker is proposing an income tax credit aimed at attracting new lawyers to underserved areas of the state.