National Study: Student Loan Debt Keeps Lawyers from Entering or Staying in the Child Welfare Field
Lynsey Kluever /(512) 320-0222 x 112
September 28, 2005
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Too many of the nearly 28,000 kids in Texasâ€™ foster care system (and the over 500,000 foster children nationwide) lack stable legal representation and are voiceless in the court proceedings that profoundly affect their lives. A first-ever study of childrenâ€™s attorneys reveals why: many lawyers cannot afford to enter or remain in this low-paying practice area due to overwhelming student loan debt. Over two-thirds (68%) of lawyers surveyed owe at least $50,000 in student loan debt and nearly a quarter (24%) owe $75,000 or more.