Financial Aid for Lawyers

Prosecutors and public defenders who are struggling to pay back their law school loans can get financial help from a federal grant.  The John R. Justice program helps local courts attract and retain lawyers. The state is getting $278,124, and will divide the money evenly, giving $4,076 to each of 29 prosecutors and 29 defenders who agree to serve for three years.  The program is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which has more information about the application process. Public defenders can also contact Holly LaBerge at the Georgia Public Defenders Standards Council :  404-232-8954 or