Many students who enter law school hoping to pursue a career in public interest abandon their dream when faced with student loan payments that can amount to as much as one-third of a starting public interest attorney’s take-home salary. In 1998, to help make public interest work a viable career choice for more Rutgers School of Law–Newark graduates, students created a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) funded by a self-assessed student fee. Inspired by student support for the program, an anonymous donor gave LRAP a major boost through an endowment that has enabled the program to provide more financial help to a greater number of graduates.
Since its inception, LRAP has awarded more than $1,478,000 to 225 graduates who have accepted jobs with public interest and governmental entities throughout the country. Assistance is given in the form of a loan to those who commit to public interest employment; loan indebtedness is forgiven upon completion of the specified term of service.
The commitment to public interest law and community service shown by students and alumni/ae as well as the generosity of donors led Equal Justice Works to recognize the Rutgers–Newark LRAP as one of the most successful in the country.
“When I travel around the country for work, I often hear from soon-to-be law students that they have applied to Rutgers School of Law–Newark in no small part because of its amazing reputation of financially supporting the public interest work of its graduates through the loan repayment assistance program.”
Hilary Meyer ’05
Director, National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
Contact the LRAP office at
973-353-1702 or email the
LRAP administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org