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Despite annual exhortations to graduating law students to accept
the responsibilities as well as the benefits of entering the legal
profession, the prognosis for public interest law in the 1990's is uncertain.
There have been significant decreases in federal and private
funding of public interest organizations, sweeping changes in the
composition of the federal judiciary, and a decline in the matriculation
of public interest lawyers due to the increasing salary gap between
the private and public sector. Together these factors raise serious
questions about the future effectiveness of the traditional model
of the full-time public interest litigator and call for the development
of alternative models of public interest lawyering suited to the financial, judicial, and personnel constraints of current practice.
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private sector, public sector, public interest law