The OPIA Blog

Helping Public Service

Following the trend of a recently revealed loan forgiveness program, Harvard Law School is announcing a tuition waiver incentive for third-year students who pledge to commit at least five years working in public service. The move is attempting to address the calls of prosecutor’s offices and other public interest employers that high tuition costs are forcing graduates into private law, where they can hope to recoup their losses. Currently, only about 10% of HLS students choose to go into government or public interest fields. Brandon Weiss, a current third-year himself, believes the move will probably be a factor for those who are on the fence about which path to take, as well as benefit anyone already committed to public interest. Those currently enrolled at Harvard will be eligible for partial grants if they choose a public service career. To read more, please click here.