How a Non-Profit Attorney Who Provides Legal Services to Low-Income NYC Residents Does Money

I’m a first year attorney at a non-profit legal services organization, in New York.

The Lawyer-to-Be (A Poem)

It’s a Good Time to Go to Law School? Really?

Debating the Value of a Public Service Career

B. is a graduate student at a major American university studying humanitarian organizations in the Middle East. (She remains anonymous because she is considering leaving academia, but doesn’t want to tell the whole world yet.) In considering a possible change in professional direction, she wrote to me to ask about my work as a public defender, and a conversation about career choices in the realm of social justice ensued. We thought it might be interesting for other people considering the (never lucrative, sometimes rewarding) world of public interest work, so we are sharing it, lightly edited for clarity, with you:

An Unreasonably Frugal Person Tries to Figure It Out

I used to be an unreasonably frugal. What were once rational, economically efficient decisions—limiting “impulse purchases” to the change at the bottom of my bag—became, on the aggregate, absurd.

How I’m Going to Law School for Free

I’m a law student entering my second year of law school and I am attending on a full scholarship, which is saving me from accumulating about $110,000 in debt.

How’s That $148,000 Law Degree Working Out for You

A quick chat with a new lawyer.

Is There Anyone on Earth With As Much Debt As Me?

‘I Set Out to Get as Many Scholarships as Possible’

How did you pay for your education, H.G.?