The Public Service Bridge Loan supports Columbia Law School J.D. students who have demonstrated a commitment to public service. The loan assists with the financial challenges public interest students may face in registering for bar courses and covering postgraduate living expenses.
The Public Service Bridge Loan for up to a maximum of $10,000 in borrowing per participant for bar-related expenses is considered LRAP eligible debt. Qualifying LRAP employment is full-time work that makes direct use of a graduate's legal education in the public interest or public service sectors, or in legal services for the poor.
Public Service Bridge Loan Request Forms received by the Law School's Financial Aid Office after the May 10, 2024 deadline WILL NOT be processed. No exceptions will be made.