Financing Your Public Interest Career
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.
At Social Justice Initiatives, we work with students and graduates to understand the financial opportunities and impact of a public interest career. In addition to a series of programs with staff and graduates talking about salaries, LRAP, cost of living, and the financial benefits of public interest careers, SJI has created a number of resources to help students and graduates understand their options:
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. Visit our Postgrad Fellowships page for details on these opportunities (scroll down to the Public Interest Enhanced LRAP Fellowships section).