Modest public interest salaries coupled with skyrocketing educational debt make it difficult or impossible for lawyers to accept or remain in positions with the District’s legal services providers. As part of its efforts to increase access to justice, in 2006, the Foundation launched a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) for poverty lawyers working in the District. At the same time, the Foundation was named adminstrator of the newly created, publicly funded LRAP. The programs annually support about 50 poverty lawyers working in the District at eligible employers with interest-free, forgivable loans, based on law school educational debt, of up to $1,000 per month. LRAP helps poverty lawyers meet their monthly law school loan payments while earning a public interest salary, allowing them to continue serving our neediest neighbors.
The application is typically released late September and due early November. Application information is available from the menu on the right.
LRAP 2014 Fast Facts:
|Total educational debt of all 2014 applicants:||$6.2 million|
|Average educational debt of 2014 applicants:||$140,000|
|Average annual educational debt payments:||$8,700|
|Median annual salary of applicants (before taxes):||$56,340|
|Average 2014 LRAP awards:||$8,450|
|Number of 2014 LRAP applicants:||55|
|Number of recent graduates (past 3 yrs) receiving 2014 awards:||14|