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Blog entries in the Financing Your Career category.

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Applications Now Available

Posted by OPI at 10:13 AM

The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program engages law students around the country who are expanding the delivery of legal services to those who need it most. Summer Corps members provide critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities in the United States on a broad range of issue areas. (continued)

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Take Charge of Your Student Loan Debt!

Posted by OPI at 10:26 AM

Student Loan Repayment Awareness Week Has Arrived!  The Office of Public Interest is working with the Public Interest Student Coalition and Progressive People of Color Caucus to spread the word about the new federal Income-Based Repayment option, the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, and WCL's Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Program (PILRAP).  Regardless of whether you are seeking private sector or public sector employment, these programs are likely to  impact how you repay your student loans.  Learn more at one of our programs, or stop by the table in the lobby.  The week concludes with a happy hour on Friday. (continued)

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Webinar: Getting Your Student Loans Forgiven

Posted by OPI at 3:27 PM

On Tuesday, March 9 from 12-1:30pm EST, Equal Justice Works is hosting a webinar titled, “Getting Your Student Loans Forgiven: How government and nonprofit employees can earn public service loan forgiveness.”  A must attend for anyone with high student debt working for the government or a nonprofit, this free webinar explains how you can benefit from the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the most significant law affecting public service in a generation.  The webinar will be presented by Heather Jarvis, a national expert on student loan debt relief. (continued)

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$1,500 Public Interest Fellowships for Spring 2010

Posted by OPI at 11:48 AM

Equal Justice America is offering fellowships of up to $1,500 for Spring 2010. Students must secure a part-time (at least 120 hours) placement for Spring 2010 working for a legal services organization. Students may also apply for a fellowship if they are unable to work a full 120 hours. The grant would be reduced on a pro-rated basis.  Applicants must send a cover letter describing their commitment and interest in providing legal services to the poor; a resume; and an employment confirmation letter from the hiring organization.  All items must be sent together.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  Mail, e-mail or fax applications to Equal Justice America.  Click here for a list of previous WCL fellowship recipients and placements.

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Article: Federal Agencies Increasing Use of LRAP Funds

Posted by OPI at 1:47 PM

According to an article by, the federal government increased use of federal loan repayment programs by 22 percent from 2007 to 2008, citing the programs as a key recruitment and rentention tool (according to an Office of Personnel Management report).  During calendar year 2008, 35 federal agencies provided 6,879 employees with $51.6 million in student loan repayments.  Agencies can contribute as much as $10,000 annually, and $60,000 total, per employee; in return, recipients must to commit to three years of federal service.  Of participating agencies, the Justice Department provided the most assistance, spending $23,420,746 on loan relief for 2,610 employees. Other major participants included the Defense and State departments, Government Accountability Office, and Securities and Exchange Commission. (continued)

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Income-Based Repayment Now Available

Posted by OPI at 10:53 AM

Beginning today, Income-Based Repayment (IBR) is available as a repayment option for all federal student loans (graduate and undergraduate).  This is great news for WCL alumni!  Under IBR, monthly payments are capped at an amount intended to be affordable based on income and family size.  The IBR application is now online.

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Access Group Sponsoring Law School Scholarship Video Contest

Posted by OPI at 10:20 AM

For the second consecutive year, Access Group is sponsoring its popular law scholarship video contest and is inviting as many students as possible to participate in this opportunity. During last year’s “One Less Worry” contest, Access Group received 99 video submissions and awarded six winning law students more than $15,000 in scholarships.

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Updated: Equal Justice Works Debt Relief Webinars

Posted by OPI at 12:30 PM

Due to demand, Equal Justice Works is repeating its Series One program in a free series of debt relief webinars on Wednesday, July 8 from 12:15-1:45 PM EDT and Thusrday, July 23 from 12:15-1:45 PM EDT.  The Series One program focuses on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness provision of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

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