The Shepherd Loan Repayment Assistance Program

The Washington and Lee University School of Law Shepherd Loan Repayment Assistance Program (the "LRAP") is designed to provide financial assistance to recent graduates working in the public interest at salaries below that of their counterparts in the private sector. The LRAP is administered by the LRAP Committee, appointed by the Dean. Determinations of eligibility for repayment assistance and loan forgiveness, and the allocation of awards, are at the complete discretion of the Committee.

Eligibility and Disbursement Guidelines:

  • The application deadline is May 15.
  • An Applicant must have graduated within three years prior to the annual application deadline, and have a salary at or below GS-11, Step 7 ($68,025 in 2017). 
  • An Applicant's total net worth must be at or below $35,000 (with certain exemptions).
  • The maximum annual award per recipient shall be $3000 based on income.
  • Awards will be granted to approved Applicants in the order applications are received until funds are depleted.
  • An Applicant may receive an award for a maximum of three years after entry into the LRAP. 
  • Applicants must be working full-time in Qualifying Employment, defined to include legal work in the public interest, public service, or other similar employment. Qualifying public interest work includes providing direct legal services to, or conducting impact litigation or engaging in policy work on behalf of, indigents and/or underserved populations, in that order of preference. Qualifying public service includes certain federal, state or local government service, such as public defenders or prosecutors, as well as work in higher education administration, such as college or university General Counsel's offices, Admissions or Career advising. Qualifying public service also includes legal work in the military but does not include judicial clerkships. The LRAP Committee has discretion to determine whether a particular employment constitutes "Qualifying Employment" under the LRAP and to give preference to certain types of employment over others.

For an application and full statement of policy and program guidelines, email