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Law School Costs

While the average estimated net tuition for full-time students at top performing schools is much higher than the rest, prices do not scale with job 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 2017-2018 for ABA-Approved law schools grouped by job outcomes in 2018. 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 2018 Job Outcomes1 Average Estimated Net TuitionFull Time
Public Schools Private Schools
≥ 90% Legal Job Rate
$43K
1 schools-
2017-2018
$46K
4 schools$40,155 - $56,433
2017-2018
75% - 89.9% Legal Job Rate
$16K
32 schools$2,754 - $36,709
2017-2018
$33K
28 schools$17,280 - $51,779
2017-2018
60% - 74.9% Legal Job Rate
$14K
33 schools$4,782 - $27,236
2017-2018
$26K
42 schools$12,879 - $40,714
2017-2018
50% - 59.9% Legal Job Rate
$13K
13 schools$7,848 - $18,565
2017-2018
$27K
20 schools$13,472 - $38,745
2017-2018
40% - 49.9% Legal Job Rate
$18K
2 schools$14,936 - $20,418
2017-2018
$29K
12 schools$23,666 - $39,200
2017-2018
30% - 39.9% Legal Job Rate
$11K
3 schools$6,164 - $13,564
2017-2018
$27K
3 schools$18,334 - $36,457
2017-2018
< 30% Legal Job Rate
$7K
1 schools-
2017-2018
$30K
8 schools$15,872 - $39,701
2017-2018

The following chart plots the previous chart's underlying data, except schools with a legal job rate below 20%.

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 job outcome groups are based on the legal job rate. The rate's denominator is total graduates and its numerator includes only jobs that are long term (a job with an indefinite duration or fixed duration of 1 year or more), full time (at least 35 hours per week), and bar passage required (job requires a law license). LST chose the breakpoints for the job outcome groups and uses normal averages rather than weighted averages for the group averages.