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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 2016-2017 for ABA-Approved law schools grouped by job 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 Job Outcomes1 Average Estimated Net TuitionFull Time
Public Schools Private Schools
≥ 90% Legal Job Rate
$40K
2 schools$37,754 - $42,372
2016-2017
$46K
5 schools$39,320 - $53,681
2016-2017
75% - 89.9% Legal Job Rate
$16K
24 schools$2,217 - $37,044
2016-2017
$32K
24 schools$12,405 - $51,449
2016-2017
60% - 74.9% Legal Job Rate
$13K
39 schools$5,206 - $24,063
2016-2017
$26K
37 schools$13,265 - $41,717
2016-2017
50% - 59.9% Legal Job Rate
$16K
15 schools$5,355 - $28,781
2016-2017
$27K
28 schools$13,211 - $40,477
2016-2017
40% - 49.9% Legal Job Rate
$14K
2 schools$13,305 - $14,628
2016-2017
$31K
12 schools$22,937 - $39,342
2016-2017
30% - 39.9% Legal Job Rate
$13K
1 schools-
2016-2017
$29K
8 schools$16,962 - $36,770
2016-2017
< 30% Legal Job Rate
$8K
2 schools$7,131 - $9,209
2016-2017
$27K
4 schools$16,450 - $38,380
2016-2017

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.