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The median LSAT score of students admitted to Florida Coastal School of Law was among the lowest 25% nationwide. Despite the fact that the average debt of the 2014 graduating class had $163,000 in debt, may not pass the bar, and probably cannot repay the debt, this school is one of six for-profit law schools in the country.

1. What program did Congress establish in 2006 to allow a graduate or professional student to borrow the full amount of tuition, no matter how high, and living expenses? Discuss the costs and benefits of this program.
2. What issues have contributed to the drastic drop in law school applications and students who pass the bar?
3. What is the new “gainful employment rule?”
4. What issues mentioned in this article are leading to the shortage of public defenders and how does this affect the American legal system?

Editorial Board. (2015). The Law School Debt Crisis. The New York Times, Oct. 24 (Retrievable online at