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Bill would restore fair treatment of private student loans in bankruptcy

April 22, 2010 Senators Dick Durbin, Sheldon Whitehouse and Al Franken joined with Representatives Steve Cohen and Danny Davis to introduce legislation in the Senate and the House that would treat private student loans the same as other commercial debts in bankruptcy.  “The high interest rates on private student loans have made them incredibly profitable for loan companies and saddled students with crushing debt,” said Durbin.  Although private student loans are more like credit cards than financial aid, in 2005 student loan companies se Read More

About Time: Department of Education Now Provides Income-Based Repayment Option with Direct Loan Consolidation Application Forms

April 15, 2010 Most borrowers who want to earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness will need to consolidate or reconsolidate into the Federal Direct Loan program.  Navigating the sea of paperwork hasn’t been a pleasure cruise for borrowers so far, but recently updated forms will make the process easier.  Until recently, borrowers had to wait until their Direct Loan Consolidation application was approved before they could select IBR.  Now, borrowers can select IBR during the consolidation application process, eliminating that extra step.  Progress! Packet of Forms needed for Direct Loan Consolidation: Read More

Law School - Is it Worth It?

April 14, 2010 This is a guest post by Charlene Gomes, Senior Program Manager,Law School and Advocacy Outreach, at Equal Justice Works. A recent article in the National Jurist probes the question of whether law school is a wise investment.  According to the article, the answer depends on your motivation for going to law school.  If you think that a law degree will lead you to a lucrative career making big money at a big firm – think again.  It may, but for most people it doesn’t.  However, if you love the law, an Read More

Perkins Loans Include Unique Cancellation Provisions

April 13, 2010 If you have to borrow student loans to finance your education, I recommend the Perkins loan as a first stop.  Perkins loans are only available to students with “exceptional financial need,” are issued by a student’s campus, and are subsidized, so the federal government pays the interest while the student is in school and during the grace period.  Perkins loans are my favorite student loans for a number of reasons.  Perkins loans have longer grace periods than Stafford loans – so borrowers do not begin repayment until 9-months after graduation. Read More

Summer Corps Experience Can Jump Start Career

April 12, 2010 This is a guest post written by Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Recovery Program Assistant, Jessica Meller. Before  attorney Debra Weinberg spent the summer of 2007 as an Equal Justice Works Summer Corps member at Advocacy Center in New Orleans, she had not fully considered the extent to which she could use her legal education to aid people in need. Read More

Equal Justice Works Fellows Big on Jeopardy

April 7, 2010

The following is a guest post from Equal Justice Works Fellow Stacy Braverman (serving with Read More

40 Wills in 4 Days: Part 3

April 2, 2010 On March 7, Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Senior Program Manager Cole McMahon and Program Manager Marty joined with current Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows JR LaPlante, Leigh Ferrin, Bethany Hamilton, Read More

40 Wills in 4 Days: Part 2

April 1, 2010 On March 7, Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Senior Program Manager Cole McMahon and Program Manager Marty joined with current Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows JR LaPlante, Leigh Ferrin, Bethany Hamilton, Read More

What I Wish I Knew Before Going to Law School

March 31, 2010 This is a guest post by Charlene Gomes, Senior Program Manager, Law School Advocacy and Outreach, at Equal Justice Works. Recently we asked the experts on the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee (NAC) about what they wish they had known prior to going to law school.   The NAC is a volunteer group made up of seven law students and seven law school administrators or faculty.  Here is what some of them had to say:
  • I wish I knew which schools offered full- or partial-tuition scholarships
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40 Wills in 4 Days: Part 1

March 31, 2010

On March 7, Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Senior Program Manager Cole McMahon and Program Manager Marty joined with current Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows Read More

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