"It has been a rough first year, since I have been unable to find a job as an attorney and have been working retail to pay my bills." — WSBA New Lawyer

"We are broke, buried in debt, and struggling to find entry-level opportunities. These opportunities eventually come, but the period between when you take the bar exam and the first real job can be extremely difficult." — WSBA New Lawyer

The WSBA understands and recognizes that the student loan debt burden faced by those graduating from law school is a real and serious crisis facing new professionals today. Because of this, WSBA provides several opportunities to help reduce financial barriers that may prevent you from successfully transitioning into the practice of law, serving the public and engaging in the greater legal community. Additionally, WSBA has collected various links, videos, podcasts and resources to help inform WSBA members and the greater community about this crisis and assist you in managing your personal financial burden.

All materials provided by external sources represent the views of the respective authors and do not necessarily carry the endorsement of the Washington State Bar Association or its Board of Governors.

For questions, please contact newlawyers@wsba.org.

Resources at Washington Law Schools

Financial Aid Office
Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)
Gonzaga University School of Law

Student Financial Services
Loan Assistance: Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)
Seattle University School of Law

Paying For Law School: Financial Aid
University of Washington School of Law

 

Resources for New Lawyers

MentorLink

Engage in a mentorship program that's right for you.

Career Center