Making Sense of Student Loans with Student Loan Lawyers Claire Crowley and Ben Palkowski [GWL 15]

Student loans are the bane of my existence! If you’re just as confused about what your options are, then you’re in good company. I’m joined by Claire and Ben from Crowley & Palkowski Legal Counsel and we chat about the state of student loans today, what students should consider before taking out loans, and whether or not law school is still worth it.

Show Notes

Claire Crowley is a founding and managing partner of Crowley & Palkowski Legal Counsel. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law and admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Ben Palkowski, her partner, is a UNH School of Law graduate and together, they formed Crowley & Palkowski Legal Counsel to assist clients with legal issues relating to their small businesses and student loans.

What We Cover in This Episode:

  • What the niche practice area of student loan law entails.
  • Why doing a lot of research before taking out a loan is key!
  • What to look for when considering taking out a loan.
  • Is law school a good investment?
  • The state of student loans today.
  • How defaulting on a loan is not the end of the world and there are things you can do.


“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” – Rumi

“Do something you really like and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I’m concerned, that’s success.” – Tom Petty

Recommended Reading:

Jay G. FoonbergHow to Start and Build a Law Practice

National Consumer Law Center – student loan/debt books

Action Item:

Claire: You can never do enough networking and treat everyone you meet as a potential client. Always carry your business cards with you.

Ben: Find something that genuinely interests you.

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