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Supreme Court accepting applications for Rural Attorney Recruitment Program Monday, March 7, 2022

The North Dakota Supreme Court is currently accepting applications from counties and municipalities interested in participating in the Rural Attorney Recruitment Program.

The Rural Attorney Recruitment Program was established by the legislature in 2021 with the goal of increasing the number of attorneys residing and working in rural North Dakota. Under the program, the state of North Dakota, the State Bar Association of North Dakota, and the participating community each contribute funds to retain an attorney in an eligible community for a 5-year period. To be eligible for the program, a county must have a population of 16,000 or fewer and a municipality must have a population of 5,000 or fewer.

Requirements for the application are found in section 2 of Administrative Rule 62:

The deadline for counties and municipalities to apply is 5 p.m. central time on April 1, 2022.

Applications should be sent to:

Office of the State Court Administrator
ATTN Rural Attorney Recruitment Program
600 E. Boulevard, Mailstop 180
Bismarck ND 58505-0530

Attorneys who are interested in the program may submit an application at any time by completing the electronic application form found on the Court’s website at:

Link to Rural Attorney Recruitment Program information page: