- Exorbitant law school debts plague Ontario law students. Yet as students we are often told not to worry about our debt.
“Everything turned out fine for me when I graduated law school”.
“Just wait. You’ll pay it off. It’s not so bad”.
“You can’t possibly owe that much!”
- We need a frank and public discussion about how much today’s students owe. We cannot be shy or embarrassed by our debts. We need to demonstrate clearly that we will not sit by as interest mounts and tuition fees climb.
- This is why I chose to speak out in video feature with the Globe and Mail this past May.
- — Hannah Sung (@HannahSung)Fri, May 08 2015 15:02:25
- — Amy Kishek (@amykishek)Mon, May 11 2015 15:29:10Thanks to all who have shared the Globe & Mail video on student debt & especially for all the very lovely messages of solidarity! #DebtBinge
- — Amy Kishek (@amykishek)Mon, May 11 2015 15:29:35Student debt is a silent & hard fought battle for most law students, and has a disproportionate impact on marginalized students. #DebtBinge
- — Amy Kishek (@amykishek)Mon, May 11 2015 15:30:53People may think we sound entitled when we address our debt, particularly as soon-to-be-lawyers, but that shouldn't stop us. #DebtBinge
- — Amy Kishek (@amykishek)Mon, May 11 2015 15:30:41Student debt affects performance in the classroom, ability to compete for jobs, mental health, and ability to realize our dreams. #DebtBinge
- — Amy Kishek (@amykishek)Mon, May 11 2015 15:33:15
- — Amy Kishek (@amykishek)Mon, May 11 2015 15:35:32Only 30% of law school students will graduate debt-free. There are clear class divisions owing to this. http://lsso.ca/en/2014/09/law-student-survey-raises-serious-questions-about-access-to-legal-education/ … #DebtBinge
- — Amy Kishek (@amykishek)Mon, May 11 2015 15:36:14For the 70% of law students who graduate with a debt burden, the estimated average debt is $71,444. #DebtBinge See: http://a2justice.ca/2014/10/just-or-bust-you-cant-argue-with-cold-hard-facts/ …
- — Amy Kishek (@amykishek)Mon, May 11 2015 15:37:53Fewer & fewer students are able to realize their ambitions in social justice lawyering, eg poverty law, legal aid, immigration... #DebtBinge
- — Amy Kishek (@amykishek)Mon, May 11 2015 15:41:49When lawyers have personal debt, everyone suffers. Justice is limited to those who can afford the staggering costs of legal rep. #DebtBinge
- — Amy Kishek (@amykishek)Mon, May 11 2015 15:39:04Troubling that on the first day of Employment Law our prof told us clients need income of 100K to pursue an employment law matter #DebtBinge
- — Amy Kishek (@amykishek)Mon, May 11 2015 15:42:38Am I entitled to free education? Possibly. But you are certainly entitled to legal representation regardless of income! #DebtBinge
- — Amy Kishek (@amykishek)Mon, May 11 2015 15:45:13Society is based on lawyer-led legal system for resolving disputes. Unfortunately most cannot even afford a simple divorce. #DebtBinge
- — Amy Kishek (@amykishek)Mon, May 11 2015 16:03:37Law school tuition is $20,303 a year in ON (avg acrss universities). No part-time job will make enough of a dent—I know, I tried. #DebtBinge
- Here's what followed on Twitter #DebtBinge:
- — Monica Ferris (@monica_ferris)Mon, May 11 2015 16:43:53
- — Etana C (@EtanaCain)Mon, May 11 2015 16:57:41Glad to know you @amykishek. Very brave of you to share. Can relate- I often look at my OSAP account and want to cry. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/video/video-its-dream-crushing-ottawa-university-law-student-opens-up-about-being-150000-in-debt/article24327271/ …
- — Rebecca DIE-m (@kthnxbex)Mon, May 11 2015 17:31:35@amykishek I had to take on extra debt after graduating while searching for a full time job. Still recovering 3+yrs later (1/2)
"It's Dream Crushing"
Check out A2J co-founder, Amy Kishek, featured in the Globe & Mail speaking to her 'dream crushing' law school debt.
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