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Navigating Student Loan Relief: Top Loan Repayment Assistance Options for Lawyers

by | Feb 12, 2024 | Features

Loan assistance programs for lawyers are designed to alleviate the financial burden of student loans. While some of these programs are specifically targeted at legal professionals, others are broader in scope but still applicable to lawyers. Below is a list of 20 loan assistance programs that may benefit lawyers. 

  1. Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program: Offers loan forgiveness to lawyers working in public service after 120 qualifying payments.
  2. Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) Plans: Such as PAYE, REPAYE, IBR, and ICR, these plans adjust monthly payments based on income and family size, with a potential for loan forgiveness after 20-25 years.
  3. Department of Justice Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program (ASLRP): Provides loan repayment assistance to Department of Justice attorneys committed to serving for at least three years.
  4. John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program: Offers loan repayment assistance to public defenders and state prosecutors.
  5. Military JAG Corps Loan Repayment Programs: Various branches of the military offer loan repayment assistance for Judge Advocate Generals.
  6. California LRAP (Loan Repayment Assistance Program): For California lawyers working in public interest law.
  7. New York State Loan Repayment Assistance Program: Aids lawyers serving in public interest or non-profit positions within New York.
  8. Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program: Helps lawyers employed in non-profit or public interest law in Texas.
  9. Funding Florida Legal Aid: Assists legal aid attorneys working within the state of Florida.
  10. Harvard Law School’s Low Income Protection PlanAssists Harvard Law School graduates who pursue employment opportunities in public sector or lower-paying private sector positions.
  11. Yale Law School Career Options Assistance Program: Provides financial assistance for loan repayment for Yale Law School graduates who pursue employment opportunities in lower paying jobs.
  12. Stanford Law School Loan Repayment Assistance Program: Helps graduates who pursue careers in the public sector repay their student loans.
  13. University of Chicago Law School Loan Repayment Assistance Program: Provides repayment assistance for graduates who agree to work in the public sector for a specified period of time.
  14. Columbia Law School Loan Repayment Assistance Program: Assist JD graduates who pursue a career in the public interest with tuition repayment assistance
  15. Equal Justice Works Fellowships: Offers a range of resources, including loan repayment assistance, for lawyers in public interest positions.
  16. Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program: Run by the Legal Services Corporation, this program targets attorneys working in civil legal aid.

The availability, eligibility criteria and benefits of these programs can change, so it’s important for interested lawyers to research the current details of each program. Additionally, some programs may have specific requirements regarding the type of legal work performed, employment duration, and type of loans eligible for assistance.

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