Free Harvard Law for Grads Who Go Public-Sector

School offers $40K break for third-year students
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2008 4:30 PM CDT
At center, holding the staff, is Barack Obama, the year he became the first black president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Third-year Harvard Law students can study for free if they vow to take public sector work for 5 years, the New York Times reports. Harvard announced the plan today to steer more students toward non-profit and government work; many graduates grab corporate jobs to pay off 6-figure debt. “We know that debt is a big issue,” law school Dean Elena Kagan said.

Harvard already has a loan forgiveness program, “but we started to think that we could do better," Kagan said. The new plan will cost Harvard $3 million annually and relieve students of $40,000 in tuition. One student said that some of peers already know they prefer corporate or public law. "This program will help those students who are in between," he said.