Blog Archives for September 2012

Student Loan Ranger: Pervasive Student Debt Penetrates Middle Class

September 27, 2012

Higher education is often viewed as a path to the American dream. Yet, the country’s tremendous student debt load has begun to elicit responses about how college may not be for everyone, and how students who can’t afford it just shouldn’t go to college.

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Are You Ready For Conference and Career Fair?

September 25, 2012

As the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair (CCF) approaches, there are steps you can take to ensure you leave a lasting impression with potential employers. Keep in mind that more than 600 students have secured interviews at this year’s event, so you want to be sure that you stand out. Your résumé is the first impression potential employers have of you and your skills so make sure it communicates what you want it to communicate. Here are some suggestions to help make sure your résumé is the best it can be.

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Student Loan Ranger: Finding the Value in a College Degree

September 20, 2012


It’s mid September. Many college students are already back in the grind and prospective students are beginning their own grind: the ever-confusing and oh, so grueling college search. These students are trying to answer the usual questions: Where? When? How much? They’re also facing another question that seems to be getting increased attention lately: Is it worth it? (Also known as: How much?!)

Answering that question can be complicated, but is definitely worth the effort, especially given the investment required (according to the Project on Student Debt, the average college grad carries over $25,000 in student debt).

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Participating in Public Service Career Fairs: How Students Can Make a Difference

September 18, 2012

Public service job fairs are an excellent opportunity for students to interview and learn about potential employment opportunities. However, given the ease of the job fair application process, many students will submit their materials without much forethought. This large number of applicants increases competition for positions and face time with employers. For example, over 1,200 students from 200 law schools are expected to participate in next month’s Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair. Last year the event attracted approximately 117 employers from 27 states looking to fill about 140 positions — that’s tough competition!

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Student Loan Ranger: How Might Pell Grants Fare Under Obama and Romney?

September 13, 2012

As your Student Loan Ranger noted in an earlier blog post,  Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s education plan,  “A Chance for Every Child: Mitt Romney's Plan for Restoring the Promise of American Education,” is a bit vague in specifics. When it comes to Pell Grants, for example, it promises only to “refocus Pell Grant dollars on the students that need them most and place the program on a responsible long-term path that avoids future funding cliffs and last-minute funding patches.” However, Romney’s recent selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate has spurred new questions about how a Romney administration would treat Pell Grants compared to Obama in a second term.

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Summer Corps Standout: LuAnn Hileman

September 11, 2012

LuAnn Hileman grew up in the small town of Oliver Springs, Tennessee, and was taught from a young age the importance of giving back to her community. Now LuAnn is in her final year at Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, and last spring she spent some time doing pro bono work at her hometown’s local legal aid office: Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands’ Oak Ridge Office. Through her work over the spring semester she realized the great need for advocates for the intellectually disabled population in Oak Ridge. That’s what inspired her to apply to work at the office for the summer as an Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Member. While her Summer Corps Membership is over, LuAnn’s hard work has certainly left a lasting impact on the community of the Oak Ridge area.

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Our Partner, Teach for America, is Accepting Applications

September 7, 2012

Teach For America’s Second Application Deadline

Why do I teach?

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Student Loan Ranger: Harkin Report: Loans to Pay Off and Nothing to Show For It

September 6, 2012

For-profit colleges can help meet the demand for higher education and the needs of non-traditional students, such as those who can only attend part time or are returning to school as older students.

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The 10 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make While Interviewing at Public Interest Law Career Fairs

September 4, 2012

This article was originally published on the PSLawNet blog. Read the original post here.


by Lauren Burke, Esq.

Lauren Burke is the co-founder of Atlas: DIY, developing immigrant youth, and the immigration attorney at the New York Asian Women’s Center. Lauren is a former Skadden Fellow at The Door, where she worked with Chinese child survivors of human trafficking. Since graduating from NYU Law in 2009, she has worked with over thirty law students in a direct and clinical capacity and loves sharing the advice she learned from tripping (literally!) in dozens of legal interviews.

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