Congress approves Loan Repayment Assistance

For many law school graduates, the desire to work in the public interest field is often delayed because of high law school debt.  Now, however, recent law school graduates seeking fulfilling careers in legal aid have a new tool to help them accomplish this goal, according to a release by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. 

Following several months of discussion and debate, on July 31, both houses of Congress reauthorized the Higher Education Act, which included a provision to provide loan repayment for civil legal assistance attorneys. This provision was an amendment added to the Higher Education Act by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA). The Higher Education Act reauthorization bill passed the Senate by 83-8 and the House of Representatives by 380-49. President Bush has since signed the bill into law.

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