Now in its third and final year, the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) has assisted a total of thirty-three public service attorneys in paying off their law school debt. Created in 2006 to help civil legal service agencies retain quality attorneys, LRAP provides financial awards to eligible attorneys who have demonstrated financial need and significant law school debt.
One of the first programs of its kind, LRAP has served as a model for other loan repayment assistance programs, including the William B. Billock Loan Repayment Assistance Program for alumni of Duquesne University School of Law, and a state-wide program which is currently in the planning stages.
Funded by the Allegheny County Bar Association and the ACBF Lawyers Fund, each providing $75,000 in funding over three years, LRAP has received $24,000 in additional funding through the Skate-a-thon and ¡Carnivale! events sponsored by the ACBA Young Lawyers Division.
Since its inception, LRAP has distributed nearly $175,000 in financial awards.
The Bar Foundation will no longer be accepting applications for LRAP.
If you are a public service attorney, you may be eligible to apply for a fellowship stipend through the ACBF’s Public Interest Law Fellowship Program (PILFP). For more details, click here.