"I charge my clients very little or nothing at all," she says. "They can't afford to pay me. If you can't afford your mortgage, you probably can't afford a lawyer."
Although Jacobs, who is divorced and has a daughter, is working harder and making less money than ever before, she has never felt happier.
"Why do I do this? When the mediation works, when I know I've kept somebody in their homes, the feeling is so amazing," she says. "I know how I'd feel if someone was in danger of losing my home and someone helped me stay in it."This story was intended to be a feel good story, but I see it differently. Many people go to law school to make a difference, and Ms. Jacobs is certainly doing that. However, the ability to make a difference while keeping your head above water financially is a luxury that too many recent graduates cannot afford. I do not presume to know what she paid for law school or whether she still has loans. I tried to look up the history of tuition at Temple Law, but that information is not available on the web. However, if we use this chart of the average cost of Public Law Schools as a guide to what she may have paid for tuition back in 1989 through 1992. I know that Temple Law is private, but notice that tuition in public law schools have quadrupled since 1992. So, if students today owe roughly $120,000.00, then Ms. Jacobs likely only paid $30,000.00--a reasonable sum which may be paid off by now.
So, once again, it comes down to the money. You may not care about the cost, because you want to do something good for the world. However, lemmings must realize that tuition makes your do-good dreams cost prohibitive.