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New Guide Aims to Help Would-Be Public Interest Lawyers Evaluate Law Schools

Posted Nov 17, 2009 12:54 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A new online publication is aimed at filling a void in existing law school rankings by tailoring its information to would-be public interest lawyers.

The Equal Justice Works Guide to Law Schools has information on the percentage of graduates in public service jobs; public interest field placements and clinics; and pro bono opportunities. The publication also has financial information, including tuition, scholarships and average student debt.

The guide doesn’t rank law schools, but it does allow users to do side-by-side comparisons of selected law schools. A look at the four law schools that were top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report (Yale, Harvard, Stanford and Columbia) shows that Yale has the greatest percentage in public service jobs, at 57 percent. Columbia University has the highest average student debt, at $125,320.

More than 150 law schools participated in the guide, according to a summary by Equal Justice Works.

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