|[February 05, 2014]
New Law School Scholarships Available for People Living in Rural America, Small Towns, and Indian Reservations
ST. PAUL, Minn. --(Business Wire)--
William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn., is offering a new
type of scholarship for people committed to practicing law in rural
areas of the United States, including in small towns and on Indian
The new North Star Scholarship will provide $10,000 a year to students
who enroll in the law school's new part-time hybrid program, which
allows students to earn their J.D.s through a combination of week-long,
on-campus trainings and online coursework-with much of the doctrinal
studies being completed using web-based learning tools.
The goal of the scholarship is to enable people to earn their law
degrees from an ABA-accredited la school without relocating and then
practice in their communities-many of which are facing a shortage of
According to the National Association of Counties, roughly 20 percent of
United States residents live in rural areas, but only 2 percent of law
practices operate out of those regions.
William Mitchell's new hybrid program and the North Star Scholarships
are designed in part to address the need for attorneys on Indian
reservations and in small and mid-sized towns across the country.
Attorneys are critical to the fabric of life in rural America; they
provide guidance to town councils and county commissions, work with
school boards, and serve the public's need for estate planning, family
law service, criminal defense, land contract drafting, and myriad other
kinds of legal advice.
To be eligible for the scholarship, people must be admitted to William
Mitchell's Hybrid Program and intend to practice law in an area of the
country currently underserved by local lawyers, including:
a rural area
a small town or city.
Applications for the hybrid program and more information about the North
Star Scholarships are available at wmitchell.edu/admissions.
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