November 2012

Getting a Grip on Your Student Debt: Practical Advice for Students

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Getting a Grip on Your Student Debt: Practical Advice for Students

Part One of Four in a Series by Heather Jarvis With this article, Student Lawyer magazine begins a series of articles by lawyer and student debt expert, Heather Jarvis. The series begins with a look at the fundamentals of student loan borrowing. Future articles will address student loans and taxes (January 2013), a post-graduation timeline and how to make decisions related to loans (March 2013), and how various employment statuses influence which student loan repayment decisions are most beneficial (May 2013).

CHARIS ORZECHOWSKI took an interesting road to law school, literally. Before attending Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey, Orzechowski, now a 3L, drove a tractor-trailer for nearly nine years.

As you increase your legal knowledge and prepare to begin your career, it's important not to lose sight of the fundamentals. And what could be more fundamental than the ABCs? Here are some ABCs I've learned along the way that help guide me. I hope they can be helpful to you as well.

Law, review, handwritten notes, and moot court jitters.

After graduating from George Washington University Law School in 1986, Kyle Zimmer practiced energy law and later served as a legislative advocate. “I love law,” she says. “Legal institutions—if not in reality, then in theory—are wonderfully designed for elevating civilization. I didn’t leave law because I didn’t like it.”

There are few certainties in life; an old saying refers to death and taxes being the only two, but it turns out there are others as well. More on that in a bit.

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