William & Mary Law School’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program assists graduates, beginning with the Class of 2004, who work for government agencies, 501(c)(3) organizations, or other nonprofit organizations as described below. Assistance is in the form of annual interest-bearing loans which are forgiven if the recipient satisfies all program requirements and remains in qualifying employment. The program consists of the following funds:
To be eligible for assistance, a first-time applicant will:
- have an annual salary of $58,000 or less for the job for which assistance is sought (the salary cap increases to $61,000 for an applicant in the second year of assistance and $63,000 in the third year);
- be working full-time in a position for which “bar passage is required” or for which “a J.D. is an advantage,” according to NALP’s definitions and examples;
- be working full-time for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, legal aid office, prosecutor, public defender, government agency, JAG Corps, or legislative office. Organizations outside the U.S. are eligible if they would qualify for 501(c)(3) status if they were a U.S. organization. Partisan political organizations, partisan political work, lobbying, and judicial clerkships are not eligible.
Each recipient is eligible for a maximum of $5,000 in loan forgiveness annually and a total of up to $15,000 ($5,000 per year for three calendar years).
Selection criteria include the applicant's commitment to public service, type of work, salary, law school loan debt, personal statement, cost of living in the applicant's residence locale, and financial circumstances.
The Loan Repayment Assistance Program Application and the Loan Repayment Assistant Program Recertification Form for the following calendar year will be available around November 15 on the law school’s Symplicity system. Graduates who do not have access to Symplicity, may complete this form. The application deadline is mid-January.
The John Levy Loan Repayment Fund, established in honor of Professor Emeritus John Levy for his lifelong commitment to public service and his distinguished career safeguarding the rights of the unrepresented and underrepresented.
The Ernest W. Goodrich Law Public Service Endowment, established through a bequest by Mr. Goodrich, a 1935 William & Mary graduate who practiced law in Surry, Virginia, for nearly 60 years, and served as president of the Law School Association and Rector of the William & Mary Board of Visitors.
The Richard and Laurie Bellinger Loan Repayment Assistance Endowment, established by the Bellingers, friends of the Law School, to encourage and assist graduates to take positions of high social value.
The R. William Arthur Loan Repayment Assistance Endowment, established by Dorothy Ellett Arthur in memory of her husband, The Honorable R. William Arthur, William & Mary Law Class of 1940, a highly respected lawyer and jurist in Wytheville, Virginia, who devoted much of his career to public service.
The Gregory A. Presnell Loan Repayment Assistance Fund, provided by The Honorable Gregory A. Presnell, U.S. District Judge, who earned his undergraduate degree from William & Mary in 1964.
The William & Mary Public Service Fund, a student organization that raises money for loan repayment and summer public service fellowships.
Non-William & Mary Loan Repayment Resources
Federal, state, and employer-based loan repayment programs operate independently of William & Mary's. Equal Justice Works provides an overview of some LRAPs and offers debt relief webinars and other resources. Heather Jarvis offers loan repayment information via webinars, a blog, and other resources.