How to Apply
The Loan Repayment Assistance Program facilitates the University of Oregon School of Law's contribution of talented candidates to legal institutions serving the public interest. Consistent with the law school's legacy of public service, the LRAP seeks to ease the debt burdens incurred during law school for two types of graduates: 1) those who choose to work in qualifying public interest law jobs, and 2) those who follow judicial clerkships with work in public interest law.
The LRAP is open to individuals who are J.D. graduates of the University of Oregon School of Law as of December 2007 or later. Graduates must also apply to the program within 4 years of their graduation date. Students graduating in December of 2011 are eligible for the program if they have a written job offer from their future employer.
Eligibility criteria for the program are:
- Employment in a qualified public interest law position
- Total projected adjusted gross income below $50,000/year
- Outstanding Law School graduate educational loan debt.
How it works
Graduates meeting the criteria outlined above are eligible to apply for the program. The LRAP Selection Committee, composed of faculty, staff, students and alumni, evaluates applications and choose LRAP recipients.
The committee looks at several financial factors-such as income levels, debt obligations, undergraduate and other graduate debt, debt/income of partner or spouse, as well as the applicant's prior commitment to public interest activities and stated public interest career objectives-to make their decisions.
Graduates receiving LRAP assistance will be given short-term LRAP loans not to exceed $5,000 per year for up to three years. Each year that a LRAP recipient continues working in the public interest field, a portion of their LRAP loans will be forgiven. After three years of public interest service, 100% of their LRAP loans will be forgiven. Applicants working as judicial clerks follow a separate forgiveness schedule. See Loan Forgiveness Policy for details.
Law school personnel perform the administrative duties associated with the program. LRAP loans are disbursed annually. In the event that a program participant leaves qualifying work, it will be the participant's responsibility to notify the LRAP administration immediately and/or return any improperly issued loans.