The John R. Justice State Loan Repayment Program provides financial assistance to licensed attorneys who commit to working three years in state or local prosecutor’s offices or in public defender offices operated by federal, state or local entities (including tribal governments).
The program was established by Congress in 2008, to encourage attorneys to enter or remain in public service positions as prosecutors or public defenders. Due to educational debt, some attorneys forego such career options for more lucrative opportunities in the private sector.
Under the John R. Justice Program, attorneys who make the three-year commitment and meet program requirements will be eligible to have a portion of their outstanding student loan debt forgiven.
Annual award amounts are contingent upon available funding. If funds are insufficient to pay all eligible applications, awards will be based on “least ability to pay.” Preference will be given to renewal applicants who continue to meet eligibility requirements. Additionally, applicants who are not already receiving benefits under another repayment program will receive priority consideration.
Due to reduced funding for the 2012 fiscal year, no new applications are being accepted for the John R. Justice State Loan Repayment Program. Only Continuation/Renewal Awards will be offered to current participants.
For more information:
Rochelle Wambach, Program Administrator
John R. Justice State Loan Repayment Program