The average law student who graduated from a private university in 2008 borrowed more than $91,500 on the way to earning that degree, according to the nonprofit Equal Justice Works.

Combine that with leftover undergraduate debt and the shrinking job market, and you’ve got a surefire recipe for postgrad financial fright. In a sharp departure from recent history — when students coming out of even mid-tier schools could count on commanding six-figure starting salaries — law school debt is now a heavy burden.

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