The OPIA Blog

Private v. Public: One Student’s Story

In her recent blog post, Kate Sinding, now a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, recounts a dilemma faced by many graduating law students. Citing an episode of “How I Met Your Mother,” Kate discusses a difficult choice faced by one of the characters: take a high-paying job in a private law firm or work for a nonprofit. Kate relates this decision to her own life when, saddled with law school debt, she had to postpone her goal of working for an environmental nonprofit for nearly 9 years. Thanks to shear luck, she stumbled upon a staff attorney listing for NRDC and quickly made her transition. While Kate does not regret her previous life, she can safely say that her current job gives her greater satisfaction and meaning. Her experience shows that one doesn’t have to quit on one’s dreams, even while facing modern financial realities. Read the whole story here.