DCBF provides loan repayment assistance to qualified attorneys working for an eligible employer in DC in order to: (1) increase the number of experienced, skilled lawyers working on behalf of low-income DC residents; and (2) assist DC poverty lawyers who have incurred significant educational debt in obtaining their law degree. DCBF’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) provides one-year, interest-free, forgivable loans, of up to $12,000 per year, to qualified attorneys so they can continue providing exceptional legal assistance to low-income DC residents despite low salaries and high educational debt.

LRAP is available to attorneys employed with a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and who provide direct civil legal services to low-income DC residents (learn more about Eligible Employers here). The application is typically released early October and due early November, with awards announced in mid-December. The grant year is January 1 through December 31. Renewal of LRAP awards is not automatic; LRAP participants must apply each year to be considered.

DCBF runs two loan repayment assistance programs (LRAP) under a consolidated application process: (1) the publicly funded LRAP, referred to as Public LRAP; and (2) the privately funded LRAP, referred to as Private LRAP. DCBF places applicants into either Public LRAP or Private LRAP, depending on place of residence and how much the applicant has received from either program. In addition to residence and lifetime cap, there are several other requirements, summarized below. For more information about requirements and about LRAP in general, download the 2017 LRAP Guidelines.

Requirement Public LRAP Private LRAP
Residency DC residents only No residency restriction
Lifetime Cap $60,000 No lifetime cap
Educational Loans Covered Law school and bar study debt only Undergraduate, graduate, law school and bar study debt
Salary Cap (10/1/16-9/30/17) $84,413.16 $84,413.16
Joint Salary Cap (10/1/16-9/30/17) $190,503.16 $190,503.16