Loan repayment assistance

Loan repayment assistance can come in the form of scholarships or loan forgiveness programs from a variety of sources. Visit the Law School's Office of Financial Aid Loan Repayment page for more information on loan repayment assistance.


Wayne State University Law School Loan Repayment Scholarships
The following scholarships are available for loan repayment assistance to individuals who work in the public interest arena. A separate application packet is required for each scholarship.

Cohen Memorial Endowed Loan Repayment – July 2, 2015, deadline
Award amount: Up to $5,000
The Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Endowed Loan Repayment Fund will provide $5,000 awards for student loan repayment to one or more J.D. graduates who take employment in the field of public interest or public service law and who have outstanding law school student loan debt. The employment requirement includes but isn’t limited to providing legal services where financial sacrifice on behalf of the public interest is genuine, which may include agencies such as the Legal Aid and Defender’s Office; antitrust or consumer welfare bureaus of the attorney general, city or corporation counsel; public interest or service organizations, such as Public Citizen, Public Interest Research Group, Consumer Federation of America, American Civil Liberties Union; and immigration legal aid and nonprofit organizations providing service to the underrepresented, minorities, the elderly or the poor. Students who take state or federal judicial clerkships immediately upon graduating from the Law School aren’t eligible for this scholarship while so employed. Download the application for full details.

Mark Weiss Memorial Loan Repayment Scholarship
Amount: Up to $5,000
Awards from the fund will be made for student loan retirement to one or more J.D. graduates who take employment in the field of public interest or public service law and who have outstanding Law School student loan debt. Employment in public interest or public service law includes but is not limited to taking employment with legal services where financial sacrifice on behalf of the public interest is genuine, which may include agencies such as the Legal Aid and Defender’s Office; antitrust or consumer welfare bureaus of the attorney general, city or corporation counsel; public interest or service organizations such as Public Citizen, the Public Interest Research Group, Consumer Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union, immigration legal aid and non-profit organizations providing service to the underrepresented, minorities, the elderly or the poor. Students who take state or federal judicial clerkships immediately upon graduating from the Law School are not eligible for this scholarship while so employed.

Applications must include the following:

  • A cover letter explaining how you meet the criteria for the scholarship. The cover letter should also include a paragraph stating the total amount of loan debt owed and that you consent to having your credentials discussed with the donor of the scholarship, having the committee review your academic file and having your name publicized as the recipient of the scholarship.
  • A current resume
  • An unofficial copy of your Law School transcript

Please deliver application materials to Michelle D. Taylor, assistant director of scholarships, in Room 1215 or mail them to: 

Wayne State University Law School
Attn: Michelle D. Taylor
471 West Palmer Street
Detroit, MI 48202


Legal Services of Eastern Michigan Loan Repayment Assistance Program
Participating attorneys may receive up to $250 per month in assistance per month for up to three years. Payments are made directly to the lender.
 

 

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