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South Dakota legal market

Just curious. Is SD still booming? Are there many/ some eas ambulancechaser201309/29/17
Shale boom was never in SD. No, SD is not booming. Ag bas themapmaster09/29/17
Actually, SD has an attorney shortage in rural areas, to the dingbat09/29/17
The social and cultural landscape in rural South Dakota must ternarydaemon09/29/17
Sd is actually on my short list. No income tax, no libs masterpoaster09/29/17
I'm from SD originally, but I'm not an attorney there. When girlfromtheprairie10/12/17
I would expend more effort to dispel the myth that there are themapmaster10/13/17
I don't think anyone who frequents JDU is gonna be able to l dingbat10/16/17
If you think a few dozen legal jobs, at most, through a plac themapmaster10/16/17
I didn't do a quick "google" search. I reached out to contac girlfromtheprairie10/13/17
ambulancechaser2013 (Sep 29, 2017 - 12:01 pm)

Just curious. Is SD still booming? Are there many/ some easy to get attorney jobs. Is the shale boom still on?

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themapmaster (Sep 29, 2017 - 12:34 pm)

Shale boom was never in SD. No, SD is not booming. Ag based states are hurting because of the ag economy being down. No, legal jobs aren't easy to come by in SD. The idea you just transport to a flyover state to find a great legal opportunity is ridiculous. Most of these state bars will view outsiders with tremendous skepticism, and auto reject if you are not licensed in the state, unless the hiring entity is looking for highly specialized experience in which case they are forced to look outside state lines.

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dingbat (Sep 29, 2017 - 2:37 pm)

Actually, SD has an attorney shortage in rural areas, to the point that they're willing to pay attorneys to be there http://www.ujs.sd.gov/Information/rarprogram.aspx
http://www.statebarofsouthdakota.com/page/employment-opportunities

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ternarydaemon (Sep 29, 2017 - 5:56 pm)

The social and cultural landscape in rural South Dakota must be tremendously enticing for any experienced attorney, and even more for newly minted, inexperienced ones.

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masterpoaster (Sep 29, 2017 - 11:17 pm)

Sd is actually on my short list. No income tax, no libs

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girlfromtheprairie (Oct 12, 2017 - 4:18 pm)

I'm from SD originally, but I'm not an attorney there. When I was considering going back to take the bar, I did a quick search and found literally a ton of jobs. Low pay, sure, but the cost of living is so incredibly inexpensive there that's it worth it. And the state is a great place to raise a family.

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themapmaster (Oct 13, 2017 - 1:21 am)

I would expend more effort to dispel the myth that there are lots of easy-to-get, great legal opportunities awaiting you in South Dakota, but I doubt any outsider of SD from JDU is actually going to expend effort on a serious job hunt in SD. Quick google searches don't count as serious job hunts.

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dingbat (Oct 16, 2017 - 4:35 pm)

I don't think anyone who frequents JDU is gonna be able to land any "great" legal opportunities. Relative to the kind of jobs most JDU attorneys are eligible for, SD has some pretty decent opportunities

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themapmaster (Oct 16, 2017 - 6:38 pm)

If you think a few dozen legal jobs, at most, through a placement program in rural SD, mostly in towns that are hours away from the nearest commercial airport, are decent opportunities, then we have a difference of an opinion as to what is decent. Sioux Falls, the only major city, has a glut of lawyers, like America generally does

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girlfromtheprairie (Oct 13, 2017 - 2:58 pm)

I didn't do a quick "google" search. I reached out to contacts at firms and non-profits to get a sense of open opportunities. You're right that not having ties to the state will decrease your chances of finding employment-- that could be said for any small state. Likewise many firms and other legal places of employment rely heavily on personal connections.

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