From Paper Chase to Money Chase: Law School Debt Diverts Road to Public Service
Public interest legal organizations and the federal government face unique and pressing challenges as they attempt to recruit and to retain legal talent. Conventional wisdom has long identified one of the causes of these problems as the debt required to finance a legal education. Yet, few studies have attempted to link cause and effect. This report deals with the impact of rising law school tuition costs, focusing primarily on how the ensuing debt burdens narrow student service options following graduation.