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JD Students may appeal to receive a LIPP-eligible budget increase for the cost of expenses related to clerkship applications and interviews. This increase is limited to $1,200 in any academic year, with a total limit of $2,400 over the course of the three-year JD program.

JD students may also appeal to receive a LIPP-eligible budget increase for the cost of professional attire. This increase is limited to $500 and may be requested once over the course of the three-year JD program.

Both types of budget increases will increase borrowing eligibility only. HLS Grant funds are not available to help with these expenses. Please read all of the information contained on this page in order to know what types of expenses are eligible, when to make your request, and when you can expect disbursement of the funds.

Eligible Clerkship Expenses

The following expenses are eligible to be considered in a budget increase appeal:

  • Travel to interviews*
  • Lodging during interview visits*
  • Printing paper clerkship applications (resumes, cover letters, etc)
  • Mailing hard copy applications
  • Local transportation at interview site (cab, bus, etc)
  • Food during interview travel

*Documentation in the form of receipts must be submitted for these expenses as part of the budget appeal. For the other expenses listed above, documentation is not required and students will self-certify the amount of expenses on the Budget Adjustment Request Form.

Eligible Professional Attire Expenses

Expenditures for professional attire suitable for workplace or courtroom (such as clothing, shoes) are eligible. Purchases must be made between July 1 of the summer prior to enrollment at HLS and April 1 of the 3L year. Documentation is not required. Students will self-certify the amount spent on professional attire on the Budget Adjustment Request Form.

Overview of the Appeal Process

In order to receive approval for a Clerkship Expense or Professional Attire Expense appeal, you must complete the Budget Adjustment Request Form and submit receipts (if required) for your eligible purchases. Student Financial Services will review your appeal and notify you of the amount of your approved budget increase, which will be awarded as a 5% HLS loan.

Appeals will be approved for reimbursement of expenditures, and will not ordinarily be approved in advance of the expenditures. Students who are not able to pay for clerkship-related expenditures up-front may request an advance on these expenditures as part of the appeal process, and must provide receipts documenting the expenditures to complete the appeal. Up-front advances will be approved only for students with the highest level of demonstrated financial need.

To ensure efficient processing of your appeal, it is strongly recommended that you submit one budget appeal request for all clerkship-related expenses each academic year, rather than submitting separate budget appeal requests for each individual expense. Similarly, it is strongly recommended that you submit one budget appeal for all professional attire expenses, rather than submitting separate budget appeal requests for each individual expenditure.

During the academic year, the typical turnaround time on an appeal decision for clerkship-related expenses or professional attire is ten business days. However, for clerkship-related or professional attire expenditures made during the summer (defined as the time period between the last day of Spring Term classes for one academic year and the first day of Fall Term classes for the following academic year), the student budget for the following academic year will be adjusted. Harvard University cannot release financial aid funds to students to reimburse for any summer expenditures prior to the beginning of the Fall Term, so  you must pay for any summer expenditures out-of-pocket for reimbursement in the fall.

Please note: If you have any outstanding charges on your billing account at the time of your application, these charges will be subtracted from your check. If your charges exceed the amount that is approved for you, you will not be eligible to receive a check.