Course Description

This course provides an overview of concepts and legal practice related to student loans.  Topics include:

  • Types of student debt
  • Payment plans
  • Forgiveness programs
  • Administrative discharge
  • Disability
  • Undue Hardship
  • Bankruptcy


This course includes video recorded from a CLE presentation via Zoom for the Franklin County Bar Association.

Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.


CLE Credit:

1.0 PA Substantive CLE

This course contains approximately 60 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.  If you are taking this course for Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Credit (CLE) your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed. 

Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.


Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video.  Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenter

  • Scott Brannan, Esq. and  Patrick Best, Esq.

    ARM Lawyers

    Scott Brannan, Esq. and Patrick Best, Esq.

    Scott Brannan is a life-long resident of the Lehigh Valley. He is a graduate of Kutztown University, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, and Missouri State University. While attending Villanova, he was a member of the Clinic for law and entrepreneurship, where he advised small businesses through the challenges associated with creating an entity, operating and growing a sustainable business. Scott received his MBA from Missouri State University to further develop his skills and knowledge in every aspect of a business and to provide a broader strategic perspective for businesses. After graduating from law school, Scott served as Law Clerk to the Honorable President Judge Margherita Patti-Worthington of the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas. In that role, he was gained experience in determining the most effective methods of advocacy for clients.

    Scott practices in a wide array of areas including business law, bankruptcy, and personal injury. He is experienced in helping business through every aspect of formation including selection of the proper entity to fit the needs of a new business and operations such as drafting the contracts that are necessary for a successful business. Scott is also experienced in representing individual and businesses in Chapter 7 Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 filings. Scott has also handled personal injury matters such as motor vehicle accidents and slip and falls.

    Patrick J. Best (“PJ Best”) is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was born and raised in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. After graduating from law school he served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Carmen D. Minora of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas.

    Attorney Best has represented disabled individuals across Pennsylvania and surrounding states who were wrongfully denied Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income since his time in law school through the University of Pittsburgh Civil Practice Clinic. He is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives (NOSSCR) and the National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR). He hosts the YouTube show “Social Security Disability with Patrick J. Best, Esq.“. Attorney Best is also an experienced bankruptcy attorney. His practice is based upon premier customer service which ultimately has resulted in being named as a “Top 10 Best Bankruptcy Lawyer in Pennsylvania for Customer Service” by the American Institute of Bankruptcy Attorneys. Attorney Best handles bankruptcies for individuals and businesses under Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, and Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. He hosts the YouTube show “Bankruptcy Basics“.

    In addition, Attorney Best is an accomplished tax attorney and CFP® professional. He handles tax planning and works with small business owners to save money on their taxes each year. He also handles tax problem resolution and works with both businesses and individuals to resolve any and all problems with the IRS including non-filed returns, tax debt resolution, and audits. He hosts the YouTube show “Tax Talk“. Since 2015, Attorney Best has served as a Standing Divorce Master in Monroe County Pennsylvania where he has been appointed by the Court to make recommendations in contested divorce and annulment actions.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Student Loan Basics Course Materials
    • Student Loan Basics Part One
    • Student Loan Basics Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)