According to a recent article in the National Law Journal, more law school graduates are choosing public interest careers, with an increase from 2.1% in 1990 to 6.7% in 2010. The figures come from the National Association for Law Placement.
The growth can be attributed to several factors, including improved job support on law school campuses for students seeking public interest jobs; more clinics and internship opportunities; more student loan forgiveness programs for public interest lawyers; and the founding of several groups focused on funding public interest careers. The prestige of public interest work is also growing, with public interest careers shedding their second-class status.
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