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October 3, 2008
In the Oct. 6 edition of the National Law Journal, Karen Sloan reports that the "Wall Street meltdown could affect law students nearing graduation." But experts say that the government-backed loans usually taken out by law students are still stable.  Private loans, however, are another story.
October 2, 2008's Amy Potthast reports on The New Service blog about Equal Justice Works programs, including AmeriCorps, Summer Corps and Equal Justice Works Fellowships.
October 1, 2008
As reported in this post, entry-level public interest lawyers are earning up to $120,000 less than their big-firm counterparts.  But according to this year's "Minority Experience Study" by Minority Law Journal, race may be another factor in salary disparities.
September 30, 2008
A new program at the University of Michigan Law School, the Wolverine Scholars Program, launches in 2010 with the goal of attracting more students from the school's home state. The school does not consider LSAT scores for applicants to this program.
September 29, 2008

A $56.2 billion stimulus package was announced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) on Thursday, which includes Help for Families Facing Foreclosure.

September 26, 2008
Great news for law students planning on receiving loan forgiveness for public service: loan forgiveness under the College Cost Reduction and Access Act is not taxable! Today, the U.S. Department of Treasury confirmed that public service loan forgiveness under the CCRAA meets the requirements of Code Sec. 108(f) and is not taxable. Visit for more information.
September 25, 2008
At an awards gala last night, the Legal Times honored the 90 greatest Washington lawyers of the past 30 years.
September 23, 2008
Is public interest law right for me?
September 19, 2008
Action Without Borders is looking for graduate student bloggers to participate in a new project on In fall 2008, Idealist will link its Public Service Graduate Education Resource Center ( to bloggers who take on grad school. Equal Justice Works will be participating in this new resource. For more information on this opportunity, visit:
September 18, 2008
The 2008 Public Sector and Public Interest Attorney Salary Report by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) shows that "the median entry-level salary for an attorney at a civil legal services organization is $40,000." The report, which summarizes the findings of a survey completed by over 650 public interest organizations, shows the enormous gap between this salary and the estimated $160,000 starting salary of associates at big firms. The report provides other figures, such as salaries for experienced civ