The Texas Access to Justice Commission created the Texas Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program (Texas SLRAP) in 2003 to assist attorneys who choose to pursue careers in legal aid in Texas. Low salaries coupled with high student loan debt make it difficult or impossible for lawyers to accept employment at legal aid or stay in those jobs long term. The Texas SLRAP is a critical part of increasing access to justice for low income individuals.
The Texas Access to Justice Foundation administers and funds the program.
For information about the program guidelines and how to apply, see the Texas Access to Justice Foundation website.
Baylor Law has partnered with TAJF to pioneer a matching program in conjunction with TAJF's Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program. Baylor will now match the award made by TAJF to all Baylor Law graduates for a combined award of up to $800 per month. For more information, contact Stephen Rispoli.
The purpose of the Program is to encourage and enable recent law school graduates to work for Texas legal aid organizations and to assist legal aid programs in retaining experienced lawyers. Please note that the Program is structured as a loan, which may be forgiven in the future, rather than a grant.
Attorneys are eligible for loan repayment assistance through this program if they work full-time for any Texas program that is:
1. a recipient of Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) funds,
2. a recipient of Legal Services Corporation funds, or
3. a Texas non-profit that provides civil legal services if at least 50% of the services provided are free to Texans whose income is 175% of federal poverty guidelines or less.
Additionally, eligibility is limited to applicants who graduated within the last ten (10) years. The date for determining eligibility is the first day of the new SLRAP term. So, for example, if you are applying for the 2013-14 SLRAP year, the date from which you would determine eligibility is June 1, 2013.
For complete information on eligibility requirements, please read the attached Program Guidelines.
Please note: the certifications (law school, employer and lender) MUST be received by the due dates as well. Securing these will be the most difficult part of the process so do NOT delay in making these requests.