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LRAP Program

Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Notre Dame Law School is proud to have a strong and growing Loan Repayment Assistance Program to assist J.D. graduates who are beginning legal careers in public interest and public service positions. The LRAP Program is designed to ensure that J.D. graduates with law school loan burdens may choose such positions even when they pay modest salaries. Under the LRAP program, the law school loans its J.D. graduates funds to help repay qualifying law school educational loans.

The LRAP loans are then forgiven over a three-year period, provided that the J.D. graduates remain in public interest or public service employment.

The LRAP program was created in 2001. Thanks to generous donors, the program is now supported by a substantial endowment. During its first 14 years, the program has disbursed more than $1.1 million to assist about 200 J.D. graduates who have worked across the United States, Central America, and Europe for a wide variety of non-profit and governmental entities. Program participants have worked in local, state, and federal governmental agencies in civil, criminal, and military positions. Many have also worked for non-profit legal organizations engaged in civil legal services, policy advocacy, and international human rights.

J.D. graduates may receive assistance for up to 10 years after graduation. For participants with adjusted incomes under $50,000 in calendar years after 2015, the program covers 100 percent of monthly law school loan repayments. (Common income adjustments include retirement, health insurance, undergraduate debt payments and dependent deductions.) For participants with adjusted incomes between $50,000 and $60,000, the program covers a portion of monthly loan payments. The LRAP Committee has discretion to cap the amount of benefits payable to a J.D. graduate in a given year. In recent years, the Committee has capped annual benefits at $12,000 per J.D. graduate. The LRAP program description provides complete details concerning eligibility, benefits, and administration.

Through the LRAP program, the Notre Dame Law School helps alleviate an obstacle that once prevented many interested J.D. graduates from pursuing lower-paying positions in public interest, public service, and similar employment. The law school recognizes that lawyers bear a responsibility to provide services to people who cannot afford legal representation, and to use their legal education for the public good. Its history of encouraging J.D. graduates to shoulder that responsibility flows directly from its Catholic mission.

Forms:
Program Description
LRAP FAQs
LRAP Application Form
LRAP Employment Verification

LRAP Administrator Contact Information:
Cathy Kustner
LRAP Coordinator
Notre Dame Law School
3110 Eck Hall of Law
P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0780
Phone: (574) 631-9301
Email: ckustner@nd.edu
M. Catherine Roemer
Assistant Dean for Law School Administration
Notre Dame Law School
1104 Eck Hall of Law
P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0780
Phone: (574) 631-6241
Fax: (574) 631-3980
Email: Roemer.8@nd.edu