Accepting Applications for Loan Repayment Assistance for Public Interest Law Alumni

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SAN DIEGO (February 17, 2020) – The importance of public interest law practice in our society cannot be overstated. Many interests worthy of protection—including those of low-income individuals, the environment, children and other diffuse and unorganized interests—are underrepresented or unrepresented. Public interest lawyers working for legal services and other nonprofit organizations ensure that these interests have access to representation in our legal system.

USD School of Law prepares its students to practice public interest law through its existing civil, criminal, immigration and environmental clinical programs. USD law students have indicated their interest in and support for public interest law by forming the Public Interest Law Foundation and Pro Bono Legal Advocates.

USD School of Law assists alumni choosing public interest law as a career in repaying their law school loans through the Loan Assistance Repayment Program (LRAP). The eligibility requirements are as follows: (1) employed in a full-time law or law-related position with a nonprofit 501(c) 3 or 501(c) 4 organization; (2) earn an annual salary of $70,000 or less at time of initial application; (3) employed in current position for at least one year; and (4) owe a minimum of $80,000 in law school loans.

Average awards are $7,600 for each approved application. More information and complete application. Applications are due by Friday, May 8, 2020


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