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Financial Aid / Loan Forgiveness
« on: August 20, 2008, 09:59:20 AM »

"Legal aid attorneys, state and local prosecutors and public defenders benefit"

Marcia Coyle
The National Law Journal
August 18, 2008

President Bush on Friday signed into law legislation expanding a student loan forgiveness program for students who become legal aid lawyers, state or local prosecutors and public defenders.

The program is contained in the Higher Education Opportunity Act (H.R. 4137), which updates existing programs and creates new ways to make higher education accessible and affordable.

The new law amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to direct the attorney general to assume the obligation to repay student loans for borrowers who agree to remain employed, for at least three years, as: (1) state or local criminal prosecutors; or (2) state, local or federal public defenders in criminal cases. It allows a borrower and the attorney general to enter into an additional loan repayment agreement, after the required three-year period, for a successive period of service that may be less than three years. It also limits the amount paid under the program on behalf of any borrower to $10,000 per calendar year and $60,000 total.

Under the program, the attorney general must give priority in granting repayment benefits to borrowers who have the least ability to repay their loans.

Legal aid attorneys who take part in the program, which will be administered by the U.S. Department of Education, could individually receive up to $6,000 per year up to a total amount of $40,000.

In addition to attracting attorneys who might not otherwise find legal aid law a feasible alternative, the program is expected to stem high turnover rates, which will provide offices with better trained and more experienced staff.

"This opportunity will allow thousands of young attorneys each year to enter the legal aid field without the overwhelming burden of law school loans forcing them into less-fulfilling private sector positions," said Don Saunders, director of civil legal services at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.

The measure also requires the inspector general of the Department of Justice to report to Congress on the cost of the loan repayment program and the impact it has on the hiring and retention of prosecutors and public defenders. The comptroller general is directed to study and report to Congress on the impact of law school accreditation requirements and other factors on law school costs and access, including the impact of such requirements on racial and ethnic minorities.

The measure authorizes appropriations for the program for FY2008-FY2013."

 ;D :)
Very good news for individuals who want to go into public service.

Current Law Students / facilities
« on: April 21, 2008, 01:53:11 PM »
Maybe whoever made the nasty comment about the facilities and the neighborhood around the law school needs to grow up.  >:(  No, It's not your gritty kind of typical campus found in an urban area.

The law school itself is very nice, very clean and NEW. Classrooms are large and comfortable and very AV/techno friendly. Keller (law school building) is very much in the mission style of design--a lot of glass and medium/dark wood. The law school is essentially self-contained. The rest of U Dayton campus is well manicured, very well maintained and very nice. Perhaps negative comments about the campus come from people who aren't used to clean college campuses and students who are smiling and polite. The area around the campus is full of restaurants, shops and pubs--again, all fairly new and clean.

Reports from friends whose kids attend (undergraduate) are always positive--nice dorms, great atmosphere,good food and a very supportive faculty/staff.

Perhaps some of the extremely negative comments I've read here about U Dayton are a result of an anti-religious bias. Remember, U Dayton is a Catholic Marianist college, so if you're not comfortable with the religious atmosphere you should not consider it. As to placement following law school--can't speak to that, but UD alumni are all over the midwest and they are very happy to assist any graduate.

UD isn't cheap, so if you're into BIG LAW, cut-throat competition and fellow students who are without scruples it's probably not the place for you. If you want something else for your life it may well be the kind of place that you'll feel is a good fit. By the way, not everyone wants to be a corporate lawyer. I know some people find that hard to believe, but it's true.

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