New relief for public sector jobs

Loan repayment programs and legislation make careers feasible, but more assistance is needed.

, The National Law Journal

Stacey Schesser could not afford her job as a California deputy attorney general if not for UC-Berkeley's Loan Repayment Assistance Program, which almost completely offsets her law school debt. "If I had to pay that $800 every month, I'd be at a law firm," Schesser said. Many law students desiring public service careers are heartened by recently enacted federal programs to cap monthly loan payments for lawyers in public service and provide public defenders and prosecutors with loan assistance. But some say law schools should be doing more to help students alleviate debt.

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