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Promising Legal Careers Aren’t Just in Big Cities

Small towns are promising for legal careersBelieve it or not, even in the midst of the Great Recession, there are areas of the country where lawyer jobs are plentiful. It’s a place you’ve seen before, a place where multi-million dollar deals are sealed, criminal defense attorneys make a killing and there’s never a shortage of interesting cases.

It’s in flyover land. You know, the area of the country you see out of the 727’s window while flying from the East Coast to the West Coast.

That’s right, not all great lawyer jobs exist in major metropolitan areas; many can be found beyond the shadows of the country’s highest buildings.

Those who have set up solo practices in America’s small towns will tell you that there’s a lot to like about the lifestyle.

First and foremost, there is usually no shortage of work–and the work is diverse. Rural lawyers do best when they serve as generalists. They need to be able to handle divorces, custody disputes, real estate deals, criminal defense cases (think about all the DWI arrests there are on those back country roads) and, occasionally, multi-million dollar business transactions involving estates, cattle and land.

Second, lawyers are a big deal in small towns. They’re often the only professionals in the area, so they are asked to weigh in on a lot of different issues–from local ordinances to development to politics. People in small towns respect and rely on lawyers not only for legal advice, but also for their opinions on things that affect the quality of life in the community.

Speaking of quality of life… Lawyers outside metropolitan areas will tell you the work/life balance is perhaps one of the nicest things about their jobs. Most have short commutes, but some choose to live in a scenic area and make a little longer drive to the office (and even then, they don’t have to battle traffic). They work “regular hours,” usually arriving in the office at 8 or 9 am and leaving by 5 pm. And the best part is this: There are no billable hours for small-town attorneys.

Consider the country for your career.


About the Author
Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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