Argument: Lawyers too in debt to advocate for the little guy

Issue Report: Law school


“5 Myths about going to law school.” Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist. May 16th, 2007: “Myth 4: I’ll be able to advocate for the little guy. If you are independently wealthy, you can advocate for the poor, fight for environmental justice, defend civil rights, etc. But if you are like the typical law school graduate today, you will finish with substantial debt. Public interest jobs are too low paying to accommodate a heavy debt burden. Some law schools have a debt-forgiveness program for people going into public interest jobs, but the salaries are so low that they are often hard to manage even in light of debt forgiveness.”