Tag Archive: student loan debt

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Some Real Talk on Student Loans

Student loans are in the news again. This time, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has announced that her department is rescinding some policies issued by the Obama administration. It’s all a bit complicated, but the rescinded policies were aimed at changing how student loans are serviced, with some emphasis on protecting borrowers by ensuring adequate customer service.

It’s hard to tell exactly how the new approach will shake out. But let this be a reminder: student loans are something to approach very carefully. Lenders aren’t on your side. In today’s environment, only you can protect yourself.

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Student Loan Servicer Navient Gets Smacked By The Feds

On Wednesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed suit in federal district court against Evil Corp. — er, Navient — the largest student loan servicer in the nation.

Before we get into all that evil, a little background: Navient is a spinoff of Sallie Mae — a quasi-governmental entity that holds and services student loan debt — and it’s the largest student loan servicer in the nation.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.21.16

A. Our partners at Above the Law seem to think the same about the trend (one school) toward accepting GRE in lieu of LSAT. Above the Law

B. Apple repurposes iPhone 5 — calling it iPhone SE — and makes more money off early adopters, i.e. rubes. Huffington Post

C. How did police find Saleh Abdeslam, the Paris attacker who got away? Pizza, of course! Grub Street

D. Some companies, including many law firms, are adding student loan debt repayment to the list of benefits. Excited? Read the fine print. US News & World Report

E. New Orleans is decriminalizing possession of small amounts of weed. We didn’t think anything was illegal there to begin with. ABC News

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Public Service Law: Repaying Law School Loans

The price tag on law school can be overwhelming, and the plan for a lot of potential lawyers is to find a job at a big firm—which comes with a big salary—to pay off those loans. But what if you want to work in public service, which isn’t known for doling out high salaries?

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Logical Reasonings / 8.12.15

A) Preparing for the October LSAT? Check out this great deal on our awesome online course. Blueprint LSAT

B) Aside from your beloved teddy bear, here are the non-obvious things to bring with you for your first year of law school. Law School Toolbox

C) Michael Jordan is in court – and during jury selection, when asked if anyone considered Jordan his or her personal idol, only one potential juror said yes. We’ve come a long way since the days of Space Jam. ESPN

D) Hillary Clinton recently released a plan that involves lowering student loan interest rates – but here’s the downside. NPR

E) Here are some tips for viewing the best meteor shower of the year tonight. iO9

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Logical Reasonings / 2.6.15

A new report shows that unconscious racial bias may be the cause behind the lack of diversity within the legal profession. Above the Law

A great read with tips on balancing your student loan payments with your retirement savings. Yes, you’re all going to get old one day… Above the Law

The Silk Road trial may have set a dangerous precedent regarding the use of unlawfully obtained evidence being presented in trial. Gizmodo

The only thing ruining the English language is YOLO. io9

Nobody, not even Katy Perry, can suppress the beautiful phenomenon that is Left Shark. Above the Law

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Logical Reasonings / 2.3.15

A) A handy, dandy law school application timeline. And it’s free — extra dandy. Prelaw Guru

B) How to transform anxiety into achievement on a standardized exam. Above the Law

C) Are student loans bad for your health? Well, they’re bad for everything else so why not that, too? The Atlantic

D) Florida tried to make teen sexting illegal, but instead made the crime impossible to prosecute. Oh Florida, is there anything you can’t fuck up? Reason.com

E) Mayonnaise-gate 2015. WHERE DO YOU STAND??? Slate

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Logical Reasonings / 10.27.14

Check out this student loan calculator as you weigh your law school options. Washington Post

The median age of lawyers gets older. Hopefully they’re at least young at heart. The Legal Whiteboard

A new law school ranking system based on student surveys. GraduatePrograms.com

Kentucky’s creationist theme park is running into some legal troubles (in addition to its previous financial troubles and its obvious logic troubles). Slate

The Flaming Lips re-recorded Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (with Miley Cyrus???) and their lead singer tries to explain why. Fine line between experimentation and sacrilege, I guess. NPR

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Logical Reasonings / 10.3.14

The 10-week LSAT prep plan from Blueprint and Ann Levine. Law School Expert

3 more law school study tips. I’ll add a fourth: reading with sunglasses on will really “cool” up your study time. Law School Toolbox

California’s worst-performing law school illustrates the moral hazard of federal student loans. City Journal

The University of Toldeo Law School is lowering tuition to attract more students. Unfortunately still located in Toldeo, though. Toledo Blade

“Pig in Australia Steals 18 Beers from Campers, Gets Drunk, Fights Cow.” BEST. HEADLINE. EVER. Gadling

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Logical Reasonings / 10.2.14

Don’t be afraid to ask for help in law school. About.com

The pros and cons of taking time off before law school. Pro: Backpack through Europe? Con: Be that guy who backpacked through Europe. Law School Lowdown

Imagine a world without student loans. Dear God… it’s beautiful. US News & World Report

Behind bars, law students find their first clients. Harvard Law Record

The first trailer for the new Pixar movie is here, and the internet loves it. (So do I.) io9