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LRAP Continues Record Pace

2011 news archive

01/25/11

Newton, MA--Boston College Law School is pleased to announce that the School’s loan repayment awards have reached an all-time high. The Scholarship Committee awarded $459,000 in loan repayment assistance to 95 new and recent alumni who are currently practicing in the public sector.

The Law School's Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) has seen significant increases of well over 400% during the past decade through the generosity of our alumni and recent graduates. In 2001, LRAP awarded a total of $81,000 to 22 recipients.

The Law School also recently announced the second largest gift in the School’s history, a $3 million donation from Arbella Insurance in honor of Arbella founder Francis Bellotti, which will establish the Francis X. Bellotti Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Program and significantly enhance BC Law’s LRAP funding in the coming years.

Boston College Law School’s recent graduating classes have made LRAP assistance a priority and have pledged their Class Gifts to support their peers. Over the last decade, these pledges have totaled nearly $1 million. Despite these challenging economic times, the Class of 2010 pledged $115,510 and reached 82% participation.

"The Scholarship Committee is grateful to everyone who has supported the School, particularly our friends at Arbella Insurance and our recent graduates who are just beginning their careers," said Committee Chair and Assistant Dean for Career Services Maris Abbene. "These gifts allow us to assist our graduates who serve the greater good and continue the mission of the law school to educate 'lawyers who lead good lives.'"

True to its Jesuit ideal of service to others, the Law School has never turned away a qualified recipient for LRAP. The Program was started by William F. Willier, a former BC Law professor who was instrumental in establishing an endowed fund for this purpose. Today, annual giving from alumni and friends to the Law School Fund, along with income from other endowed funds, provide funding for LRAP.
Graduates often point to LRAP as the reason they are able to go into public interest work. LRAP recipients work as assistant district attorneys, legal service attorneys, public defenders, government mediators, immigration lawyers, health law advocates, victims’ rights advocates and juvenile law advocates.

Participants are eligible to remain in the program until their income in public sector employment exceeds $65,000. Seventeen current recipients have been in the program for five years or more.