Loan Repayment Assistance Program

The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) at the George Washington University Law School helps our J.D. graduates enjoy careers in public interest law despite their student loan obligations.  With funding from a dedicated endowment, substantially supplemented by the Law School Dean’s office, LRAP makes individual loans to our graduates each year; if a graduate remains in public interest employment at year’s end, these loans are forgiven.  Forgiveness of these particular loans is not considered income for tax purposes.

New applicants may apply at any time of year for LRAP assistance.  Continuing applicants are asked to apply by a set deadline, usually in May, but all applications – initial or continuing – are evaluated on a rolling basis as they are received and completed, even if received after the deadline.

Applicants are asked to investigate the U.S. Department of Education’s Income-Based Repayment program (IBR) and Pay As You Earn program (PAYE). These programs will consolidate all outstanding public or government-subsidized loans (but not loans from private entities) and then set an affordable monthly loan payment obligation, which is changed each year to reflect changes in income. Applicants can begin the application process for LRAP before or after applying to the IBR or PAYE programs.

LRAP recipients work in a wide variety of occupations:  public defenders and prosecutors, legal aid and military justice, legislative and public policy attorneys, and more.  We help GW graduates across the nation and abroad to realize the public interest careers they sought when first entering law school. 

Inquiries about LRAP funding may be directed to Tamara Devieux-Adams at 202-994-7340 or, or to Professor Suzanne Jackson at 202-994-6142 or

Documents and Forms

Intitial Application 
Continuation Application 
Employer Certification Form 
P2P Placement Certification Form
LRAP Program Description and Application Instructions
Loan Information Sheet

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