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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 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$36,709 - $42,660
2017-2018
$47K
5 schools$40,155 - $56,433
2017-2018
75% - 89.9% Legal Job Rate
$16K
24 schools$6,259 - $35,689
2017-2018
$33K
24 schools$17,280 - $51,779
2017-2018
60% - 74.9% Legal Job Rate
$13K
39 schools$4,782 - $24,375
2017-2018
$26K
37 schools$14,209 - $41,328
2017-2018
50% - 59.9% Legal Job Rate
$17K
15 schools$7,946 - $27,236
2017-2018
$28K
28 schools$12,879 - $38,745
2017-2018
40% - 49.9% Legal Job Rate
$14K
2 schools$13,564 - $14,936
2017-2018
$30K
12 schools$18,334 - $39,200
2017-2018
30% - 39.9% Legal Job Rate
$12K
1 schools-
2017-2018
$29K
8 schools$17,394 - $38,881
2017-2018
< 30% Legal Job Rate
$7K
2 schools$6,164 - $7,383
2017-2018
$28K
4 schools$15,872 - $40,658
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.