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Law School Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

2012 LRAP Application Available

December 05, 2011

            Lewis & Clark Law School’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) is accepting applications for the 2011 funding year.  If your income is less than $50,000 and you are using your legal degree to help under-represented people or causes at a government, non-profit, or tribal office, you are encouraged to apply.  Awards will first go to those making less than $45,000 and if funds remain to those making up to $50,000.  JD graduates may first apply for assistance within the first three years following graduation from Lewis & Clark Law School.  Repeat recipients may continue to apply until five years following graduation.  A full statement of criteria is in the Program Description.

            The purpose of the LRAP is to ease the law school debt burdens of graduates who work in public interest jobs soon after graduation.  The program works by giving loans; the interest and principal of those loans is forgiven if the terms of the program are met.  Generally, recipients must complete a year of Public Interest work with a salary below the program’s cap to qualify for forgiveness.

            If you are working in a law-related public interest job and would like a 2012 funding year Program Description and Application, please visit the LRAP web site at  If you prefer a hard copy, please call (503)768-6890 or email

            The program continues to develop and has limited funds.  This means that we must define “public interest” and financial eligibility narrowly, and we may not be able to grant loans to all eligible applicants.  If your work and finances put you in the group of eligible graduates, we urge you to submit an application by the deadline of January 30, 2012.

            A sub-committee of the Public Interest Law Committee (PILC), made up of professors, a student representative, and community representatives including practicing lawyers, will review applications.  All information will be kept confidential.  The number and amount of loans will be determined in the sole discretion of PILC.