Public employers are hopelessly outmatched by private firms in pay offers to recent law graduates, a new survey reports. "I think the big factor that is increasingly making it most difficult is the [law school] loans. The loans are inflating way beyond the rate of salaries," says Legal Services president Melville Miller Jr. However, pay scales for public lawyers in the Northeastern region are higher than the national average. And good benefits keep attrition in New Jersey's public defender offices low.
Public Interest Law Jobs Still Paying Peanuts
New Jersey Law Journal
September 12, 2006