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Jun 12, 2017

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking with Ashley Matthews, Program Manager for Law School Engagement and Advocacy at Equal Justice Works, about preparing for a career in public interest work. Public interest is a competitive field to break into, and it comes with its own unique set of challenges. If you’ve decided you want to pursue a career in public interest law, this episode is a must-listen!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The challenges facing people who seek a career in public interest law
  • Options for managing student loan debt for people in public interest careers
  • Competitiveness in the public interest field
  • What public interest employers are looking for
  • Programs offered by Equal Justice Works for law students, recent grads, and more experienced lawyers
  • The current controversy over validity of student loan forgiveness program approval letters
  • The future of loan forgiveness and assistance programs
  • Which law schools have LRAPs, and how to start one at your law school


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Alison & Lee