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NKU tries to fill need for small-town lawyers

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) - Northern Kentucky University has started a new program to help connect graduates of its Chase College of Law with opportunities in small cities.

Officials at NKU say they hope the regional placement program leads graduates to make choices similar to those of Heather Tackett, who graduated in 2012, served a year at Legal Aid in West Virginia, then started the Children's Law Center in Berea.

The school says residents of some small towns and farming communities don't have easy access to basic legal services and the hope is that the new program helps bring about change.

The move comes as the number of legal jobs decrease and schools, including Chase, are cutting enrollment.


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