Most New York law students who miss out on the opportunity to work for the federal government because of the shutdown will likely graduate on time but their advisers fear they will be turned off to public service altogether.

Hundreds of law students across the country who expected to extern this semester at federal agencies now find themselves in limbo. Their advisers are working frantically to find alternative placements but some students feel that the backup plans aren’t as inspiring as their first choices.

Columbia Law School