« on: February 21, 2008, 10:36:26 AM »
I hear that your LRAP just got a big boost. Has that news caused any of your classmates (or you) to rethink big firm work?
Our LRAP did get a big boost. It's pretty exciting--Columbia was the first law school to institute such a program, and now we have what is almost certainly the most generous program out there.
That said, I still don't think it is persuading a lot of people to rethink big firm work. The truth is that the best positions in public interest and government aren't really available right out of law school. And, even with assistance with loans, you're still going to be much better off financially going to a firm. A lot of my classmates intend to go to a firm for a few years, save up a nice nest egg while getting some great experience, and then use that experience to enter government or public interest at a level where they can really do some interesting work.
There are, of course, a good number of Columbia people who do public interest or government work right out of law school. I think this will no doubt be a boost for them.
Very interesting response. Infers that the "best" positions in public interest are the prestigious policy-oriented ones. (I am not criticizing, I am writing a law review article on this subject) Thanks for the thoughtful response!