Practicing Law in Small Town America

Richard L. Hermann is a professor at Concord Law School, teaching the only full-semester course in legal career management in the United States. His Future Interests blog appears twice a week on, and he is the author of many books on legal careers. He was the co-founder of Federal Reports Inc., the leading U.S. provider of legal career information, and of and Law Student Jobs Online, as well as a principal in Nationwide Career Counseling for Attorneys and Sutherland Hermann Associates, a legal outplacement and disability insurance consulting firm. He is a graduate of Yale, the New School University, Cornell Law School, and the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School. He also served with the U.S. Army NATO Atomic Demolitions Munitions Team.

Small-town America is not what it used to be. The transportation and communications revolutions have spread the advantages and amenities of big cities into less populous regions—and, in many cases, these regions are still very much underserved by the legal community. Moreover, housing is affordable, commuting to and from work is not an issue, and schools have fewer problems than their urban counterparts.

Surveys and statistics can be valuable indicators of where to locate a law practice. The information you glean from respected sources should definitely be incorporated into your decision about the best place(s) for you to practice law.

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