Rural U.S. faces a legal desert

If you live in rural America, you may soon need to head to the nearest city to find an attorney.

While 20 percent of Americans live in rural areas, only 2 percent of lawyers practice there, according to research by Lisa Pruitt, the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis School of Law.

That shortage of legal help is expected to worsen as baby-boomer attorneys retire from their small town offices and younger attorneys choose to work in cities rather than fill the gap, Pruitt told Law 360.

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