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Law School Costs

While the average estimated net tuition for full-time students at top performing private schools is much higher than the rest, prices do not scale with bar exam outcomes elsewhere. The average estimated net tuition at the lowest performing schools is similar to the average for mid-range schools. The following chart reflects the average estimated net tuition prices for full-time students in 2016-2017 for ABA-Approved law schools grouped by bar exam outcomes in 2017. Hover over the sparkline charts embedded in the table to see previous years' net tuition estimate averages and ranges.

Note Net tuition estimates at public schools are systematically low. More.

Tip On the left panelAt the top of the page, you can change the data scope to view net tuition from different angles.

Grouped by 2017 Bar Outcomes1 Average Estimated Net TuitionFull Time
Public Schools Private Schools
Bar Pass Rate ≥ 85%
$16K
32 schools$2,217 - $42,372
2016-2017
$32K
35 schools$12,405 - $53,681
2016-2017
Bar Pass Rate 75% - 84.9%
$15K
30 schools$9,049 - $23,112
2016-2017
$26K
28 schools$13,211 - $39,327
2016-2017
Bar Pass Rate 60% - 74.9%
$14K
15 schools$5,355 - $24,063
2016-2017
$27K
32 schools$14,617 - $40,477
2016-2017
Bar Pass Rate < 60%
$14K
8 schools$7,131 - $28,781
2016-2017
$29K
23 schools$16,450 - $39,342
2016-2017

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About the Data

School-specific tuition, scholarship, and job outcome data come from the American Bar Association. Net tuition is an estimate based on nominal full-time tuition and full-time scholarship data. The estimates at public law schools are higher than reality because net tuition was calculated using resident tuition at public schools. In order to more accurately estimate net tuition, scholarship data, as well as enrollment data, would need to distinguish between residents and non-residents. The bar exam outcome groups are based on first-time bar passage rates. LST chose the breakpoints for the bar exam outcome groups and uses normal averages rather than weighted averages for the group averages.