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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 ensure 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:

Funding for 2018 has been committed. This financial assistance is made possible thanks to funding from IOLTA and generous NC LEAF donors.

Scholarships are available for public interest attorneys who wish to become Board Certified Specialists.  The fund was established by generous donations 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 $250 application fee. 

Application Deadline for 2018 Specialization Exams is July 6, 2018. Current and former LEAF recipients are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Click here for the 2018 Application here via Google Forms. The 2019 Application period will be posted once funding is secure.

Public interest attorneys working in Mecklenburg County, NC will have assistance available through the generosity of the Spangler Foundation. Details are available on the Applicants tab.

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.