If you are using your Lewis & Clark law degree to help under-represented people or causes at a government, non-profit, or tribal office with a yearly salary below $45,000, you may qualify for LRAP assistance. Graduates first apply within the first three years following graduation and recipients may continue to apply until five years after graduation. A full statement of rules and qualifications is available in the LRAP Description (pdf).
2016 LRAP application process is now closed
- By mid-June, graduates apply for LRAP assistance for the current funding year
- July, awards are announced and disbursements are sent.
Awards are structured as loans, and upon the recipient showing completion of a year of qualified public interest employment, LRAP loans are forgiven. This method is designed to avoid recipient tax liability as described in Revenue Ruling 2008-34; although, you should verify your individual tax situation with a tax advisor.
- Forgiveness Application (fillable pdf)
Please consider making a donation to the LRAP endowment or annual fund.
Donate to the LRAP
The LRAP is supported through a combination of funds from Lewis & Clark Law School’s operating budget, a student fee, restricted annual gifts, interest from a quasi-endowment established by the Lewis and Clark Law School Faculty during the 2006-2007 school year, and interest from endowed gifts.
As law school tuition costs and living expenses continue to grow, the LRAP requires a growing source of funds to continue the same level of support to graduates. Please consider making a donation and specifying that you would like your donation to go to the Loan Repayment Assistance Program or the LRAP Endowment. Gifts may be given online, by phone, by mail, or in person through the Law School’s Development Office.
Why Give to the LRAP?
Each year between 7 and 14 percent of Lewis & Clark Law School’s graduates enter public interest careers as legal aid lawyers, public defenders, lawyers working in non-profit organizations, and similar jobs. Many graduate with incredibly large law school debt that public interest salaries cannot support. Some have families to support as well.
Without LRAP assistance, many graduates would be forced to take work outside of the public interest sector. This in turn has an impact on public interest employers making it harder to recruit lawyers to work on behalf of the neediest populations.
LRAP assistance is often required to make it possible for our graduates to do public interest work. Supporting the LRAP is supporting the important work that our graduates do.