It is hard to keep everyone's LRAP straight; I agree. I helped myself (though somewhat chaotically) by keeping an outline for each school. EJW has a list of LRAPs http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/finance/index.php?view=detail&id=6176
. I took the advice they put on this page http://equaljusticeworks.org/choose/5575text.php
and used it to make my own outline for LRAPs and everything else I needed to consider. You're goingto be reading about schools anyway; so you can read it just once and save yourself a big hassle if you have an outline to plug info into. I wish I could go back and take this advice now! Also I believe EJW is putting out something like a ranking of PI schools that takes into account LRAP and summer funding and whatnot.
I also found it really helpful to imagine what my income would look like after law school under various LRAP programs. I had a basic table I would use listing different income levels ($25,000, $28,000, $30,000, $35,000 etc on up to about $50,000) and then I subtracted 20 percent for misc taxes and factored in what I'd have to spend given the workings of the LRAP. It was very helpful for me to see that if I went to UCLA I would be having an education that cost about $125,000 (I had some scholarships and aid), but UCLA's LRAP would cover a max of $60,000, leaving me with $65,000 to pay off. These numbers are approximate now; I did a big old post&poll with lots of numbers back when I was trying to make up my mind.
Things you will want to consider are whether you are allowed to save money or put it towards retirement or if the LRAP program will effectively force you to spend all your money one way or another. Often you ahve to email the schoosl and ask these questions. Also a big deal is what the LRAP cap is. You can't just assume the best schools will have perfect LRAPs. Penn, a top ten school, has a cap of $100,000, $10K per year per applicant. that doen'st really work if your education cost you $160,000 and you want to take a job that pays $25K. Columbia, another good school, had an LRAP I didn't love the looks of either (I have a post about it somewhere). You really have to compare and ask questions. UVA, a school I applied to while thinking I'd never ever wind up in rural Virginia again, turns out to have a well-funded and flexible LRAP program (full forgiveness of each loan every year, with no max award caps, and includes some private firm work and a variety of other jobs). I feel pretty lucky to have landed there!