More than 100 of the nation’s nearly 200 law schools now offer loan repayment assistance programs — a 20 percent increase from 2004 — in an effort to lure law students into public service.

But despite the sharp increase in LRAP programs, only a small percentage of graduating law students are taking public interest jobs, according to a 2006-2007 study by Equal Justice Works. Statistics from the Washington, D.C.-based public interest law advocacy group show that most schools send between 1 percent and 5 percent of their students into public interest jobs and 10 percent to 20 percent into government positions.

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