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There have been a couple of posts that repeated the highlights recently announced about Columbia's LRAP program (which now seriously rocks).
 
Well, now we have more than just "highlights."  The full, updated, and rather boring policy was just now posted at http://www.law.columbia.edu/current_student/financial_aid/LRAP

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Law School Applications / Columbia LRAP
« on: February 23, 2008, 09:56:44 AM »
I just want to share this news coming out of Columbia, which I am personally very excited about.  Columbia just dramatically improved its Loan Repayment Assistance Program for grads who work for government or in the public interest.

Some key features:
- If you make less than $50,000* a year and do PI/gov work for at least five years, ALL of your law school loan payments during that time will be paid by Columbia.
- The benefits aren't eliminated at $50,000 a year, instead they gradually phase out so that some graudates who make more than that still receive benefits.
- The benefits start to phase in after three years, so even if you bail on public interest then you will still get some benefits.
- There are adjustments for cost-of-living, parental leave, etc.

* The vast majority of public interest attorneys make under this amount.

This is an AMAZING program, and I for one am really excited about it.  For lawyers working in the public interest, this could mean a Columbia education without ANY loan payments having to be made.  Columbia had the first LRAP program, and now it once again has the best. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Columbia 2L taking questions
« on: February 21, 2008, 08:44:05 AM »
I've got some free time this morning.  Any prospective students have questions about Columbia for a 2L?

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