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LIPP is available for Harvard Law School JD Program graduates who work in any full-time job for a government, public sector [501(c)(3)] or academic organization (nonprofit only) in the USA, or in an overseas equivalent. Jobs in the private sector can also qualify for LIPP, but must be law-related. LIPP coverage is not available for periods of unemployment, volunteer employment, or any leaves of absence (medical, disability, etc.) other than parental leave . Participants are eligible for a total of 8 weeks of LIPP assistance during their entire time in LIPP for periods of transition between two LIPP-eligible positions or for a leave of absence; the assistance provided during the transition is calculated using the higher of the two incomes surrounding the break in employment. If a participant exhausts his or her transition eligibility or has a break in employment longer than 8 weeks, the participant can consider using forbearance to suspend required loan payments during that time. Current LIPP participants should discuss their options with LIPP staff before making changes to their loan payments.

To be eligible for assistance the participant’s employment must be full-time and compensated at a fair rate. For those participants with domestic employment we use federal minimum wage as a minimal standard and for international placements we expect the compensation to meet similar local standards. LIPP considers full-time to be defined by the agency of employment with a minimum requirement of 35 hours per week. Coverage is available for individuals during periods of parental leave from a LIPP eligible position and participants working part-time in order to care for a child not yet of age to enter ninth grade. Please refer to the Parental Leave section of this website for more information.

The eligibility policies of some specific categories of employment may be found using the links to the right. We recommend graduates with additional questions about eligibility contact us directly.

Delayed Starts and Firm Sponsored Fellowships

Graduates who accept full-time employment during a law firm deferral period may be eligible for LIPP assistance based on their type of employment, eligible borrowing, and income.