kathj06 wrote:Would you recommend Chicago to someone interested in public service/public interest? I currently work for federal gov and want to do the same after law school, and am very impressed w/ Chi's revamped LRAP. It seems as though very few students go into public service/govt right after graduation, relative to some other top schools, so I was wondering about the level of institutional support for non-Biglaw jobs.
This is relevant to my interests.
Just a 1L, but I can try to pick this one up. There's a good deal of institutional support for PI/Gov inasmuch as there's guaranteed $5k summer funding for 1Ls and 2Ls and a few university sponsored post-grad fellowships.
The LRAP is great because it covers all of your IBR payments, allows judicial clerkships, and has a pretty generous cap (80k). The downside to the LRAP is that it relies heavily on PSLF, which has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons (see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tim-lowde ... 38429.html
), and doesn't do a ton to stave off negative amortization (I'm honestly not sure if other schools are any better at this).
I've spoken with Paul Woo and Susan Curry with Career Services and they've been fantastic at giving long-term advice, short-term summer employment resources, and application pointers. Paul helps put on the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (http://mpilcc.uchicago.edu/
) every year, which I did not attend, but seems like a really valuable opportunity to interview with regional public interest organizations.