5 tips for creating a financially viable future in public interest law

“Obviously, there’s a big pay gap; let’s be realistic about that.” Those are the words of Alexa Shabecoff, the assistant dean for public service and director of the public service venture fund at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass. She’s speaking about the general disparity in salary between legal positions at nonprofit organizations and large law firms. Most students considering a career in public interest law are painfully aware of the pay gap. But just how large is that gap? And what other considerations should you be thinking about when you examine the financial viability of a career in nonprofit employment? The answers to those questions depend to a certain extent on your individual circumstances. But some considerations would benefit anyone thinking about a career in public interest. Here, public interest career advisors across the nation offer five tips on what you should consider when determining if a career in public service is right…

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