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Published January 09, 2013, 03:48 PM

North Dakota chief justice announces rural law clerk program

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle says some rural counties have little or no access to legal services.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle says some rural counties have little or no access to legal services.

VandeWalle announced Thursday that three internships for law students will be made available to address the shortage.

The chief justice says 21 of North Dakota's 53 counties have fewer than four attorneys. He says four counties in North Dakota have no attorneys at all.

VandeWalle says the internships will be with judges chambered in communities that have fewer than 15,000 people.

He says the goal is to show new lawyers the benefits of living and working in small communities.

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