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    I don't know how many of you read the New York Times, but the Dean of Columbia Law School (where I work) wrote an interesting Op Ed article called "A Few Good Lawyers."

    I thought it was an interesting read, especially because I would have never envisioned that government lawyers' pay is so drastically different than private lawyers.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/16/op...prod=permalink

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    I thought it was an interesting read, especially because I would have never envisioned that government lawyers' pay is so drastically different than private lawyers.

    Why do you think the government makes deals with law school students from top Universities to have them work for the government in RETURN for government paying off their loans in full?

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    Not a big fan of taxes after this year boy...been thinking about just moving to Panama.

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    Big is clueless....again. Federal agencies can offer tuition loan repayment programs, but not all do because it comes out of their appropriations. There are no "deals" other than perhaps a commitment to work for the government for a period of time.

    I used to work for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. I knew more than one attorney who left for the "big bucks" of private tax law firms, only to return a couple of years later when they got tired of the 80 hour weeks and no time with their families. The federal salary didn't look so bad by comparison.

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    There are no "deals" other than perhaps a commitment to work for the government for a period of time.

    There are no cars on the street other than perhaps automobiles.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    There are no "deals" other than perhaps a commitment to work for the government for a period of time.

    There are no cars on the street other than perhaps automobiles.......
    That isn't the "deal" those are the conditions for having parts of student loans paid off to make the federal government a more attractive employer for college graduates.

    If you'll read my previous post slowly (don't move your lips this time) you'll note that I said that loan repayments are an option for federal agencies. Not many of them exercise that option and I really don't know if the Department of Treasury participates or not. You spend enough time on the internet you should be able to find out if they do.

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    http://www.law.yale.edu/academics/pu...ialsupport.asp

    While young lawyers who work for large firms may be able to shoulder the burden of educational debt with relative ease, private practice is not for everyone. Some students dream of jobs in smaller firms, nonprofit organizations, public interest, government service or academia. These are jobs that typically pay less than those at large firms. Yale Law School has pioneered a loan repayment assistance program to allow these students to take their dream jobs without worrying about their student loans: the Career Options Assistance Program (COAP).

    http://www.law.yale.edu/admissions/COAP.htm

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