Low salaries coupled with high 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, the Foundation launched in 2006 a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) for poverty lawyers working in the District.  At the same time, the Foundation was named to administer the newly-created publicly-funded LRAP.  The programs annually support roughly 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.

Application information is available from the menu on the right.

LRAP 2013 Fast Facts:

Total educational debt of all 2013 applicants: $6.7 million
Average educational debt of 2013 applicants: $135,000
Average annual educational debt payments: $9,470
Median annual salary of applicants (before taxes): $51,220
Average 2013 LRAP awards: $4,747
Number of 2013 LRAP applicants: 51
Number of recent graduates receiving 2013 awards: 18