Student Debt Resources

The 2021 Student Debt Survey

Most young lawyers struggle to pay off their student loans—with 65 percent saying they suffer from overwhelming stress because of mounting debt. That's according to the ABA's 2021 Student Loan Survey, which compiled responses from more than 1,300 lawyers.

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2021 Loan Survey Resources

The Impact of Student Loans on Attorneys (Infographic)

90 percent of early-career lawyers have student loans, averaging $130,000, according to a 2021 ABA and AccessLex survey. And that makes life harder for recent law grads.

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Recapping the Results (Video)

The ABA hosted a panel to discuss the findings of “Student Debt: The Holistic Impact on Today’s Young Lawyer” at a Facebook Live event. Learn more about the impact of debt in the lives of attorneys and how it affects mental health.

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Student Loans & Finances

The YLD advocates for lower financial barriers to the legal profession by reducing law school costs and minimizing student loan burden. We also offer guidance for new lawyers on managing debt.

2020 Survey

2020 Student Loan Survey Report

With few exceptions, all law school graduates are impacted by student loan debt. And for many, that debt continues to grow after graduation, impacting personal lives, career paths, and mental health. This report lays out the statistics and shares some of the stories behind them.

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