Are Public Interest Lawyers Getting Crowded Out by Deferred Associates?
One recent law grad looking for public interest work notes, 'We don't come with a $70,000-plus salary with benefits intact. Psychologically, it's hard to deal with that reality.'
Sending incoming associates into temporary public-interest jobs with a healthy stipend is intended to be a fiscally smart and compassionate way for law firms to handle an overabundance of young attorneys. But some recent law school graduates intent on public-interest careers worry that firms are hurting their job prospects by flooding the public-interest job market, even while they understand the situation. Recent graduate Allison Standard notes, "You can't blame the organizations for taking the free labor."