On October 11 and 12, Director Suzanne Starr would like to meet with any students who are potentially interested in learning more about a career in South Dakota’s ground-breaking rural practice program. USD School of Law Career Services Director, Devra Hermosilla, has notified students via email and facebook about the Rural Attorney Recruitment Program (RARP). If there are any students interested in learning more about the program, please contact Devra Hermosilla immediately (Devra.Hermosilla@usd.edu).
Brief Summery of the RARP: The Unified Judicial System and the State Bar of South Dakota are committed to assuring that all citizens within the State of South Dakota have access to quality attorneys. In 2013, the South Dakota Legislature approved the Recruitment Assistance Pilot Program to address the current and projected shortage of lawyers practicing in small communities and rural areas of South Dakota. Up to 32 attorneys are now permitted to participate in the program in eligible rural counties. Attorneys must enter into a contract with the Unified Judicial System, the State Bar and the eligible County in order to participate. Qualifying attorneys within the program will receive an incentive payment, payable in five equal annual installments, each payment equal to 90% of one year’s resident tuition and fees at the University of South Dakota School of Law, as determined on July 1, 2013.