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New law school graduates face strong headwinds Friday, April 17, 2020

Courthouse News Service

Standing at the pinnacle of their academic careers, spring 2020 law school graduates are staring at a profession battered by winds of pestilence. And the dragon they’ve been preparing to slay, the state bar exam, is slipping out of range.

They’ve spent fortunes on their apprenticeships. Their average student loan debt is around $115,000. On a debt that big interest does not just accrue, it can cripple. They need to get to work — fast.

In a typical year after walking the stage in their caps and gowns they would hunker down for weeks studying full-time for the July bar exam, putting in around 500 hours, including prep courses, which cost $2,000 to $5,000.

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