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April 20, 2006

Best public interest law school plan ever!

The latest comment on Blonde Justice's great second thread about choosing a public interest law school concludes:

I went to the cheapest school I could get, after taking scholarships and financial aid into account. I get LRAP too. I worked hard so my grades and my internship experience would distinguish me, even if the name of my school didn't. Everytime I compare finances with my colleagues, I'm glad I did.

This is really the best plan I've ever seen for those who have some certainty they want to do a particular kind of public interest law when they graduate. Oh how I wish I had done this!

Posted April 20, 2006 09:24 AM | 3L advice crimlaw

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For me, the decision was to work full-time and attend law school in the evening. There were several advantages and disadvantages to doing it this way. My loans are about half of what most of the day students are carrying, and most employers are very impressed to hear that my program involved carrying 11 credits a semester on top of a full time job. The disadvantage was that the job made it much harder to do clinics, journal, etc. Still do-able, but difficult. And no free time.

Nevertheless, I am thrilled I did it this way. I finished in 3-1/2 years (taking summer classes) and always encourage 0Ls to consider an evening program, especially if they have been working for a while.

Posted by: She says at April 20, 2006 10:21 AM

Great advice! I wish I'd done the same thing in many regards. Still, considering that I met my true-love while here at Michigan I guess I'll just grin and bear the debt while I toil away for peanuts in the service of the public interest. And, truthfully, I'm glad I came here -- of course, we also have a really wonderful debt reduction program for graduates who go into public service.

Posted by: Denise at April 21, 2006 02:10 PM

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