Public Interest Law 101

Public Interest Law 101

Branden & Jelena break down everything you need to know about this common elite law school graduate alternative to the big firm life.

Show notes

Do you want to make the world a better place without selling your soul (and 90 billable hours a week of your free time)?

Then you might want to consider public interest law. Branden & Jelena break down everything you need to know about this common elite law school graduate alternative to the big firm life.

Listen and learn . . .

  1. What kind of work does “public interest” encompass?
  2. How much do public interest lawyers make?
  3. Why are 99% of applicants for public service loan forgiveness being denied?
  4. Do future public interest lawyers need to attend a T14 law school?
  5. Can you get a public interest job right out of law school?
  6. What should law students do during law school to stand out to public interest employers?

Links and Further Resources from this Episode:

Public Service Law Job Board

Directory of Law Schools’ Public Interest Career Support Offerings

Loan Forgiveness Programs for Law School

ABA’s PSLF Lawsuit

99% of PSLF Applicants Rejected

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Jelena Woehr

Jelena Woehr

Jelena was born & raised in Golden, CO. There she cut her teeth on logic by getting into, then out of, an impressive amount of trouble. When not organizing student protests or lobbying the school board, Jelena competed in equestrian sports & constitutional debate. Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction. After three months of study, Jelena achieved a score of 178. While she didn't end up falling in love with law school, she did find herself really enjoying the LSAT—so much that she left her previous career in tech startups behind and began teaching. Jelena prides herself on helping her students understand not just the systems and methods they can apply to get a good score, but the underlying logic & its applicability to the challenge of learning to think like a law student. Outside of her work with the LSAT, Jelena is a writer, creative content producer, & a competitive equestrian endurance rider.

Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel

In 2000, Branden graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. For a few years after, he cast about in vain for entry-level philosopher positions, but, when he was visited by the Ghost of Student Loans Past, he knew it was time to make a change. In June 2006, Branden took the LSAT, scoring a 175. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 and practicing patent law for several years. Since 2013, he has taught dozens of live LSAT classes and tutored scores of successful test takers. When he's not considering the finer points of a particularly tricky Logical Reasoning question or kicking it with his daughter, Branden writes Science Fiction. You can find him after work at the local Starbucks, typing furiously, then deleting what he typed, then typing more, and so on for hours.


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