LOAN REPAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

LOAN REPAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

DCBF provides loan repayment assistance to qualified attorneys working for an eligible employer in DC in order to: (1) increase the number of experienced, skilled lawyers working on behalf of low-income DC residents; and (2) assist DC poverty lawyers who have incurred significant educational debt in obtaining their law degree. DCBF’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) provides one-year, interest-free, forgivable loans, of up to $12,000 per year, to qualified attorneys so they can continue providing exceptional legal assistance to low-income DC residents despite low salaries and high educational debt.

LRAP is available to attorneys employed with a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and who provide direct civil legal services to low-income DC residents. The application is typically due in October, with awards announced in mid-December. The grant year is January 1 through December 31. Renewal of LRAP awards is not automatic; LRAP participants must apply each year to be considered.

DCBF runs two loan repayment assistance programs (LRAP) under a consolidated application process: (1) the publicly funded LRAP, referred to as Public LRAP; and (2) the privately funded LRAP, referred to as Private LRAP. DCBF places applicants into either Public LRAP or Private LRAP, depending on place of residence. Please see the list of our current eligible employers below. 

Advocates for Justice and Education

African Communities Together

Amara Legal Center

Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

Ayuda

Bread for the City

Break the Cycle

Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition

Catholic Charities Legal Network

 

Central American Resource Center

 

Children’s Law Center

 

Christian Legal Aid of DC

 

DC Affordable Law Firm

 

DC Bar Pro Bono Center

 

DC Volunteers Lawyers Project

 

Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project

 

First Shift Justice Project

 

Howard University School of Law

 

Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

 

Legal Counsel for the Elderly

 

Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

 

Neighborhood Legal Services Program

 

Network for Victim Recovery of DC

 

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities

 

Rising for Justice

 

School Justice Project

 

The Safe Sisters Circle

 

Torture Abolition & Survivors Support Coalition

 

Tzedek DC

 

Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

 

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless University Legal Services

 

Whitman-Walker Health