William B. Billock Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)
We walk with our students on their legal education paths. We also remain connected and trusted guides as our alumni embark on their legal careers and fulfilling their financial obligations. One way we do that is through awards from the William Billock Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP).
This program's namesake is a 1938 graduate of the Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University who later served as vice president of Gulf Oil and represented the company as head of industrial relations. The $1.4 million endowment that bears Billock's name is meant to encourage the pursuit of careers in nonprofit public interest law or in local, state and federal government.
Consistent with our Duquesne Kline School of Law motto that "the welfare of the people is the highest law," the LRAP seeks to ease the debt burden incurred by graduates who work as public interest law or government attorneys or serve as staff for tax-exempt organizations. The endowment was established in 2008, with the initial awards given in 2009.
Applicants for LRAP must meet these criteria:
- employment in a qualifying public interest law position
- a maximum of $55,000 in adjusted gross income
- outstanding law school debt
- graduated no more than 10 years before current fiscal year
*Applications are only accepted May 1 through September 1 of each calendar year. Awards are distributed in October of the year.