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NC LEAF Program Overview

Overview of NC Legal Education Assistance Foundation 

Equal access to justice is a cornerstone of our legal system. NC LEAF encourages attorneys to pursue careers in public service through law school loan repayment assistance. Rising law school debt and low salaries in public service positions present enormous impediments for law graduates committed to public interest careers. NC LEAF helps insure that skilled attorneys continue to aid the underserved citizens of our state by providing financial assistance towards relief for law school debt. Limited funding for NC LEAF is made possible by IOLTA, Legal Aid of NC, administrative fees from participating law schools, and donations from individuals and law firms.

 

Current NC LEAF Loan Repayment Assistance Programs:

General assistance is available thanks to funding from IOLTA and generous NC LEAF donors.

Scholarships for public interest attorneys who wish to become Board Certified Specialists.  The fund was established by generous dontations from the private bar in honor of Jeri L. Whitfield, a board certified specialist in workers' compensation, and former Chair of the Board of Legal Specialization. Former LEAF recipients are encouraged to apply for the scholarship which covers the specialization application fee.

Application period May 1-June 30,2017. http://www.nclawspecialists.gov/for-lawyers/forms/ Current and former LEAF recipients are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. 

Public interest attorneys working in Mecklenburg County, NC may have assistance available through the generosity of the Spangler Foundation and the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation depending on local fundraising success. Details aposted October 3, 2016.

NC LEAF is proud to administer the Legal Aid of North Carolina loan repayment assistance program for its employees. This partnership has been in effect since 2007.