On Saturday, Jan. 28, thirteen University of Iowa College of Law students met with Phil Garland, co-chair of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Rural Practice Committee, to discuss setting up a summer clerkship program. This program will place Iowa law students with solo practitioners and firms in rural Iowa communities during the summer. Students will have a unique, hands-on opportunity to learn about the practice of law.
Over the last few decades, there has been a steady decline in lawyers choosing to practice in rural communities. This has created many new job opportunities for new lawyers. However, this trend has also forced some rural Iowa residents to drive hours for legal representation, local governments to pay higher travel costs for attorneys, and community organizations that rely on attorneys to serve on their boards to be left without representation.
The Saturday meeting was an opportunity for Garland to get a sense of what students want from an internship program. Garland has already begun recruiting employers for the program. His contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org 641-923-3792. Here is a link to The Iowa Lawyer Weekly’s coverage of the meeting.