Berkeley Law maintains a strong commitment to public service-oriented graduates and it is our goal to preserve career choice by lowering the student debt barrier. Beginning in 1997, Berkeley Law has supported public interest graduates through its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). LRAP is designed to aid Berkeley Law J.D. graduates undertaking qualifying public service employment for nonprofit organizations or government entities. Under LRAP, Berkeley Law provides funds to eligible applicants to help cover educational student loan payments.
Beginning in January 2010, Berkeley Law improved the support that our Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) provides to public interest graduates by integrating LRAP with the federal income-driven repayment (IDR) and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) programs. Since 2010, LRAP has been able to grant up to 10 years of support to graduates for income-driven payments on federal student loan debts even greater than $100,000 provided that their annual income is no greater than $100,000. For the classes of 2013 and beyond, LRAP works in tandem with PSLF.
The Berkeley Law LRAP is designed to aid Berkeley Law graduates who earned the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and are employed by either nonprofit public interest organizations or government agencies. Graduates must apply within three and a half years of graduation, and all previous participants may re-enter the program at any time if employment and income requirements are met. For 1-year clerkships, please see details in our guidelines.
We encourage you to use our LRAP Calculator to estimate if you are eligible for LRAP and what level of LRAP support you may receive.
We have a rolling application cycle. We recommend that continuing applicants submit an application for the new cycle no later than the month their current LRAP contract ends. In order to provide funding at the beginning of each pay period, we encourage applicants to submit their forms at least a month before their next loan payment is due.
Current students considering public service careers are encouraged to discuss their options with an LRAP advisor well before graduation.