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Loan Repayment Plans for Judges?

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  1. k says:

    I would say at least part of the exclusion of judicial clerks from LRAPs is due to the temporary nature of the job–judicial clerks stay in their jobs for a year, maybe two, and in the second year, the salary rises enough to (probably) be above most LRAP cutoffs. Conversely, there is no built-in end to a gig as an assistant prosecutor and I doubt most state prosecutor’s offices have pay increases as generous as those in the judiciary salary plan. (Clerks with no prior experience come in at JSP 11-Step 1, $48,000 base pay; a second-year clerk gets bumped to JPS 12-Step 1. and consequently receives nearly a $10,000 raise, to about $58,000. If a clerk is LRAP-eligible in year 1, he or she likely would not be LRAP-eligible in year 2. And those numbers are just for the base pay rates–locality pay increases could make clerks in many major metropolitan areas ineligible even in year 1, if most LRAPs are like that at my law school, which only provides complete loan repayment if you make under $30,000, and provides none at all once you make over $60,000.)

  2. anon says:

    Harvard – which doesn’t really have a resource scarcity problem – solves the judicial clerk problem by requiring judicial clerks who want loan repayment assistance during their clerkship sign something stating they intend to search for public interest jobs after the clerkship. If they do take a higher paying job, they have to repay the assistance they recieved (usually it just comes out of their clerkship bonus, I understand).

    Odder to my mind is the distribution of the summer public interest funding for students that HLS also does, which I think is a similar issue. Virtually any public sector or non-profit job is acceptable except externing for a judge. Funding students working in a DA or US Attorney’s office, but not for a federal judge seems bizarre to me.