ABA Says School Debt Forces New Attys Into Unwanted Jobs

By Kevin Penton (October 26, 2020, 6:21 PM EDT) -- The burden of paying off student loans is driving more than a third of young attorneys away from the jobs they really want, with minority students taking out significantly larger loan amounts, according to a survey released Monday by the American Bar Association.

Approximately 37% of attorneys surveyed said they are working in their particular job because its salary will help them pay off their loans, rather than choosing a job they "really wanted," according to the results of the study conducted by the ABA's Young Lawyers Division.

While attorneys who are white reported having had approximately $150,000 in loans at...

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