10/19/2012 11:07 am ET Updated Dec 19, 2012

As Law School Costs Skyrocket, Is It Still Feasible To Pursue A Public Interest Career? | Above The Law

Flickr: Southern Arkansas University

Admit it: when you applied to law school, your admissions essay was probably about your desire to help some poor, disadvantaged group of people. You walked in the door bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to conquer the world one unpaid public interest internship at a time.

If by some chance you weren't convinced to give up on your dreams of helping the disenfranchised, now that you've graduated, you've probably realized that this whole "public interest" thing isn't exactly working out so well for you.