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. Since 1997, Berkeley Law has supported public interest graduates through its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). Through LRAP, Berkeley Law provides funding to eligible applicants to help cover educational student loan payments.
Beginning in January 2010, Berkeley Law improved its LRAP support by integrating LRAP with federal income-driven repayment (IDR) and federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). Since 2010, LRAP has been able to grant up to 10 years of support to graduates for income-driven payments on federal student loans with no maximum amount of loan debt. For the classes of 2013 and beyond, LRAP works exclusively in tandem with IDR and PSLF.
As of August 1, 2021, LRAP covers 100% of IDR loan payments for graduates that are working in LRAP-qualifying employment earning $80,000 or less. Graduates earning over $80,000 and up to $100,000 in LRAP-qualifying employment can receive partial support for their IDR payments.
How it Works
For public interest graduates, you may utilize one or more of the following: 1) federal Income-Driven Repayment, 2) Berkeley Law’s LRAP, and 3) federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness. All three programs are different but can work in tandem to lower out-of-pocket student loan expenses.
- Learn more about how LRAP works with IDR and PSLF by viewing our latest LRAP presentation (last conducted March 2, 2021 via Zoom). If you’d prefer to follow along without audio and video, you can view the standalone Google Slides.
- View related webinars and presentations on loan repayment generally.
- Check out our LRAP FAQs for answers to common questions about LRAP and loan repayment.
- Learn how to successfully obtain PSLF, consistently updated with tips from current LRAP participants.
- Finally, read how COVID-19 affects LRAP and your student loans.
Berkeley Law’s LRAP is designed to aid Berkeley Law graduates who earned their Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and work in law-related, public interest employment. Graduates must apply within three and a half years of graduation; once in the program, graduates can use up to 120 months, cumulatively, of LRAP support. To read detailed eligibility requirements by class year, review our LRAP Handbooks (updated annually):
Before applying, 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, meaning you can apply for LRAP any time. Recent graduates are eligible to begin their first LRAP contract at the end of the six-month grace period on their student loans after graduating. For all applicants, we recommend applying for LRAP about a month before your next loan payment is due. Continuing LRAP applicants should submit an application for a new LRAP contract in the month their current LRAP contract ends. We cannot provide retroactive LRAP support.
Want to learn more about LRAP and PSLF, determine your eligibility, or talk through loan repayment with an advisor? Email us at email@example.com or schedule an appointment (in-person, phone, Zoom, or Google Meet options available).
Current students considering public service careers are encouraged to discuss their options with an LRAP advisor well before graduation.