Consideration is granted to JD graduates who apply within two years of graduation. Applications submitted more than two years after graduation must be accompanied by a letter of appeal explaining why the graduate is applying outside the two-year window. Such applications will be sent to the LRAP committee and if approved will be awarded as funds permit after all on-time applications have been evaluated. A graduate participating in a judicial clerkship or who are Law Fellows enrolled as students with loans not in a repayment status, which prevents the submission of an application within two years of graduation, may be granted a one-time extension until the next application deadline.

Applications for LRAP are available in October of each year, with a deadline to apply by November 1st annually. Mid-year applications are available in April of each year, with a deadline to apply by May 1st. If the 1st falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, all materials will be considered timely if they are received by the next business day.