“Lawyers have a license to practice law, a monopoly on certain services. But for that privilege and status, lawyers have an obligation to provide legal services to those without the wherewithal to pay, to respond to needs outside themselves, to help repair tears in their communities.” —U.S.
Nine students who’ve devoted part of their law school career to public interest opportunities explain why they chose the path they’ve taken, along with the most satisfying—and most challenging—aspects of their efforts.
Justice means different things to different people. And students nationwide are reshaping what it means for those who need it most.
Having difficulty navigating your hectic law school schedule? You’re not alone! Your new hosts for the ABA Law Student Podcast, Ashley Baker and Kristoffer Butler, talk to Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed, chairwoman of the ABA Law Student Division, about law student life and her goals as chair.
Last month this column admonished law students not to rely on the public service student loan forgiveness (PSLF) program. The many variables of life make it a dangerous six figure bet. Shortly after publication of this advice, news broke that 99 percent of borrowers who applied for PSLF were rejected. At the risk of sending mixed messages, however, I would tell law students and young lawyers not to give up on PSLF either.
If you want to make a difference to preserve Public Service Loan Forgiveness, this is that time, today’s the day. Tell your elected officials to oppose the PROSPER Act – now.
For many law students, there is a point during the final year of their studies that they find themselves presented with a monumental decision: whether to pursue a career in the governmental or public service sector, or attempt to break into private practice law firms. Student Lawyer magazine has gone
A decision on the ABA’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education over the agency’s move to retroactively disqualify employers from the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is expected soon.
Greetings from New York City! It has been an exhilarating week at the ABA’s Annual Meeting – thought-provoking panels, CLE’s at law firms throughout the city and at the United Nations, and the House of Delegates took action on numerous important issues affecting our bar association, our courts and our
For the greater part of the last decade, the Department of Education’s (DOE’s) Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF) has served as a beacon of hope and stability for thousands of public sector professionals struggling with the burden of educational debt. The PSLF was enacted in September 2007 with overwhelming
Last week, in his budget proposal to Congress, the President called for the elimination of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). LSC is the single largest funder of legal aid for people who cannot afford a lawyer. Let’s imagine for a second what would have happened without LSC funding in
Are you worried about another difficult test even after you graduate—how you’ll handle the burden of repaying the cost of your education? You’re not alone, and the American Bar Association is working on the issue. In December 2016, the ABA and four attorneys with that very worry sued the U.S.