Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)
Columbia Law School offers a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) that is among the most generous in the country to ensure that law school debt does not prevent graduates from entering the public interest sector.
Columbia provides all graduates who enter qualifying public interest employment within seven years of graduation with interest-free loans that are used to repay a large portion of their law school debt. Loans are gradually forgiven after three years and completely forgiven after five years, as long as the graduate remains in public interest law. Unlike programs at many other schools, LRAP has no salary cap because benefits are determined by the difference between annual loan repayments and expected contribution from income. Recent improvements establish an earnings floor below which no contributions by the graduate are required.
More on Columbia Law School's LRAP Program
Enhanced LRAP Fellowships
Enhanced LRAP Fellowships are awarded to graduating students and qualifying clerks who have demonstrated dedication to and exceptional promise for leadership in public interest law. These fellowships cover all loans up to the cost of law school tuition for fellows whose annual income does not exceed $100,000, and the schedule of forgiveness is accelerated beyond that of the typical LRAP arrangement. These fellowships are:
- Lowenstein Enhanced LRAP Fellowship
Endowed by Professor Louis Lowenstein and his wife Helen, these fellowhips are awarded to outstanding graduates pursuing any type of public interest law, including government service. Click here to download the 2017 application.
- Berger LRAP Fellowship
Endowed by Max W. Berger ’71 and Dale Berger, this fellowship is awarded to one Columbia Law School graduate whose career and first postgraduate job (other than a judicial clerkship) will be substantially devoted to using the law to fight racial, gender, and/or other discrimination. This fellowship will be offered in alternating years with the Bernstein Fellowship. The Berger Fellowship will not be offered in 2017.
- Bernstein LRAP Fellowship
The Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP Fellowship (Bernstein Fellowship) is awarded to one Columbia Law School graduate who whose career and first postgraduate job (other than a judicial clerkship) will be substantially devoted to using the law to fight racial, gender, and/or other discrimination. This fellowship will be offered in alternating years with the Berger Fellowship. Click here to download the 2017 application.