Every year, a number of Marquette University Law School graduates dream of a career serving those who receive inadequate or no legal assistance. But these new lawyers face a significant challenge. It is especially difficult for new law graduates with substantial student loan debt to take lower-paying jobs that would enable them to pursue their chosen career path.
The Law School recognizes that the legal community has a responsibility to help provide services to people who cannot afford representation. Marquette University Law School has created a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) in the hope that the program may remove an obstacle to graduates interested in a career serving the poor and underserved. Under the program, participating graduates receive an annual grant to pay a percentage of their monthly loan payment.
More information on the LRAP program and its administration is available on this website.
The Loan Repayment Assistance Program is named for the late Dean Howard B. Eisenberg, who worked tirelessly to inculcate in students a sense of the important public interest that lawyers serve.
"Fresh out of law school, the LRAP enabled me to survive financially, and it was an encouraging reminder that criminal defense for the indigent is both applauded and rewarded."
Brigette Kutschma, L '02
Office of the State Public Defender
"Oftentimes, those most in need of legal services are those that are least able to afford it. Unfortunately, large student loan repayments and low starting salaries in the public sector can create a disincentive to practice public interest law. The LRAP program has provided me with the opportunity to find a way to use my law degree in a manner that is consistent with both my personal and professional ideology without having to sacrifice the financial peace of mind that would come with working in the private sector. I am extremely appreciative for what the LRAP program has been able to do for me."
Chris McKinny, L '03
Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.