UW School of Law Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

Qualifying Employment

  • Participants must be employed in Washington State.
  • Applicants must be employed at least 30 hours a week in a 'legal position' for a nonprofit organization that qualifies for tax exemption under IRS Code Sections 501(c), (3), (4), or (5) or a local, state, federal or tribal government agency. Applicants employed by private firms providing contracted public defense services are not eligible. Applicants employed in judicial clerkships are not eligible.

    Employment includes, but is not limited to, prosecutors, public defenders, military JAG corps, legislative staff, assistant attorney generals and administrative agency staff that make substantial use of legal skills, for example, by requiring passage of the bar exam or otherwise drawing heavily on/making direct use of law school training (or normally requiring a law degree).
  • Applicants must provide documentation that they are employed in a ‘legal position.' At the time of application, candidates will be asked to submit a letter from their employer that describes the terms of the employment and a description of the duties and salary.

A preliminary review of prospective jobs by the LRAP Coordinator is available and encouraged.

Qualifying Loans

Educational loans including Federal Stafford Subsidized, Unsubsidized, Graduate Plus, Perkins and Loans authorized by the School of Law for the purposes of attending School of Law's J.D. program will be considered. Loans taken out for undergraduate, LL.M. and other graduate-level study and bar study loans are not eligible.

LRAP recipients must agree to apply LRAP financial awards directly to their law school educational loans. Any excess funds are to be used to reduce the principal owed. If a participant goes into deferment or forbearance status on loans included on the LRAP application, she or he must notify the school in writing within 30 days.

Not included: Family or personal loans, Credit card debt, loans not for educational purposes, loans from family members, commercially available educational loans not certified by the Financial Aid Office, non-law school educational loans, bar exam loans, loans taken out by parents or others to finance a student's education.

Income requirements

The compensation limit applicable to all recipients during each year of their public service obligation shall be based on the then current United States Government pay scales (GS Salary levels) for the compensation of individuals holding positions in the U.S. government in the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia region (2014 Salary Tables and Related Information). The salary cap will be tied to the GS 12 step 1 in the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia region. Currently, that salary is $75,925.

Commitment to Public Service

Program participants must sign a three year commitment to work in law related public service employment. At the beginning of each year, participants will receive a $5000 loan. The loan will be forgiven if the recipient remains in qualifying employment for the necessary time period.

The first loan will be forgiven after two years of qualifying employment and the additional two loans will be forgiven after three years of qualifying employment.

If a recipient drops out of the program prior to their loan being forgiven, she/he will be required to repay the loan, with interest, based on the current interest rate for Perkins loans.

Program participants are encouraged to make themselves available to help us promote a culture of public service at UW Law. The Center for Public Service Law may periodically invite current and former program participants to get involved in one or more of the following and/or other similar activities which contributes to the life of school: speaking at a Social Justice Tuesday, participating on Public Service Law Career Panel, writing or contributing to a UW Law publication or article, mentoring law students interested in public service law, representing their employer at the annual UW Law Pro Bono Fair, and/or serving on the UW LRAP Steering Committee.

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