John R Justice

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 offices or in public defender offices operated by federal, state, or local, or tribal government entities. 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.

The national program, established by Congress in 2008, encourages attorneys to enter or remain in public service positions as prosecutors or public defenders. Fund allocations are determined by each state's population.

Annual award amounts are contingent upon available funding. If funds are insufficient to pay all eligible applicants, 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.

The loan repayment program received 150 applications from qualified applicants. In Washington State, the program supported attorneys working as public defenders or prosecutors.

There will not be a 2014 application cycle for the John R. Justice State Loan Repayment program. Continuation/renewal awards will be offered only to current participants.

More information on the program can be found at our partner site,