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Lawyer with $160K in School Debt Develops Student-Loan Practice Niche

Posted May 26, 2011 5:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Connecticut lawyer has developed a practice niche counseling college and law graduates who are having trouble paying off their student debt.

Joshua Cohen of Hartford has some personal experience: He borrowed $160,000 for school and he’s using his practice to help pay it off, the Hartford Business Journal reports.

A 2007 graduate of Quinnipiac School of Law, Cohen deals with collection agencies and helps negotiate affordable payment plans for his clients. Lawyers make up 30 percent to 40 percent of Cohen’s clients, and all of them graduated from law school in the last five to 10 years.

“The fact that I have a practice based on student loans is ludicrous,” Cohen told the Hartford Business Journal. “It’s a really crappy message for the generation just graduating high school.”

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