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.

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


Bread for the City

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

University Legal Services


Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs


Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless University Legal Services


Whitman-Walker Health