Law students buck trend on government student loan losses

Amidst recent controversy around the spiralling costs of the government's student loan program, law students are defying the weak job market as one of the groups with the strongest prospects of repaying their debts.

A Freedom of Information (FoI) investigation has shone the spotlight on ‘doubtful debt’ – a classification that refers to debt never expected to be repaid. The ABC yesterday revealed that the federal government is forecasting losses in excess of $13.5 billion dollars on four years’ worth of loans.

ALSA's submission to the Productivity Commission

ALSA recently produced a submission to the Productivity Commission on the issue of unpaid internships in response to the Productivity Commission's request for information in Chapter 20 of its recent Workplace Relations Framework report. 

In conjunction with an incredibly talented team of researchers, drawn from ALSA's Working Groups and ALSA Council, we were able to utilise results from ALSA's recent National Advocacy Survey as well as much broader research, to put together this comprehensive submission.