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Law school students: The agony and the ecstasy

If you have a great, big pile of law school debt, Sen. Dick Durbin wants to hear from you.

The Illinois Democrat is collecting stories from real students in his push to pass legislation, called the Know Before You Owe Act of 2012, that will protect students from being tricked into taking high-interest loans from private lenders. Durbin’s bill would require students to receive counseling from schools on signing up for loans and their federal loan eligibility.

But The National Law Journal reports that Durbin has not heard from many law students telling their tales of woe.

According to the American Bar Association, last year law school graduates had between $66,000 and $100,000 in student loan debt. So where are all these law students deep in debt and why so silent?

Other law school students, however, were not so silent in Florida last month. There, two of them helped apprehend an escaped criminal at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

The students were leaving the campus rec center when they spotted a man hiding his hands (and handcuffs) under his shirt. The two called university police. The man, who faced domestic battery and grand theft auto charges, had escaped Gainesville police while switching police cars earlier in the day. Police had been hunting for the man for most of the day and sent out an alert to the university.

The two students received $250 each as a reward. Maybe they can put it toward their loan debt.