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January 22, 2008

Dean Sager announces commitment to Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Dean Larry Sager and The University of Texas Law School Foundation are pleased to announce the Law School’s commitment to a new Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) at UT Law. This new initiative will provide loan repayment assistance to graduating students who enter public service, beginning with the Class of 2008.

The goal of the program is to make it affordable for students to choose to engage in public service following graduation. While tuition at UT Law remains less than that of other top schools, the average educational debt for a graduate is substantial and public sector salaries are relatively low.

“We place a very high value on public interest work being attractive and available to our students,” said Dean Sager. “This is the first of a number of steps to that end.”

The UT Law LRAP will provide stipends to defray the monthly loan repayment obligations for new graduates who choose qualified positions at non-profit organizations, government and legislative offices, and the military. UT Law joins other leading law schools in offering this type of assistance to graduates.

Dean Sager appointed a committee of students, faculty, and administrators last spring to study the issue of loan repayment assistance for students. The committee, chaired by Professor Patrick Woolley, developed the program structure to address the needs of UT Law students and recommended it to Dean Sager in November. “I’m delighted that Dean Sager has accepted the committee’s recommendation,” said Professor Woolley. “I hope that our new loan assistance program will encourage interested students to accept public interest work after graduation.”

“I am incredibly pleased with the work of the committee and Dean Sager’s commitment to support students working in the public interest,” said Amber Van Schuyver, Class of 2008 and a committee member. “It is exciting that future Texas graduates no longer have to make their job choices based on fears of not being able to repay loans.”

The University of Texas Law School Foundation is providing initial funding for the new LRAP and will actively seek long-term support through a targeted endowment. The program will offer benefits to the Class of 2008, and will be administered by Eden Harrington, Director of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law.


For further information, please contact:

Eden Harrington, Director of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, University of Texas School of Law, 512-232-7068, eharrington@law.utexas.edu

Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, University of Texas School of Law, 512-471-7330l, kfortune@law.utexas.edu