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Type Annual Full-Time Net TuitionFall 2016 to Spring 2017 Annual Full-Time Net TuitionFall 2012 to Spring 2013
Net TuitionΔFull Price Net TuitionFull Price
Albany Law School Private $25,292-28.7% 7.6% $35,478 60.1%
American University Private $40,477-3.3% 30.8% $41,856 48.7%
Appalachian School of Law Private $20,355-29.8% 14.9% $28,990 83.8%
Arizona State University Public $14,915-20.7% 40.1% $18,815 46.6%
Ave Maria School of Law Private $28,071-5.7% 26.3% $29,783 53.9%
Barry University Private $23,842-16.2% 20.6% $28,458 24.6%
Baylor University Private $32,932+31.1% 14.9% $25,118 26.2%
Boston College Private $36,932+19.3% 30.3% $30,969 36.5%
Boston University Private $28,323+0.8% 8.5% $28,107 19.2%
Brigham Young University Private $21,146+8.5% 39% $19,492 57.1%
Brooklyn Law School Private $21,472-18.2% 0% $26,260 16.3%
California Western School of Law Private $27,575-10% 8% $30,634 40.1%
Campbell University Private $26,310-11.2% 5.5% $29,612 52.8%
Capital University Private $21,993-27.8% 19.2% $30,443 80.5%
Case Western Reserve University Private $19,219-34.5% 6.2% $29,354 24%
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico Private $16,450+14.8% 73% $14,323 90.1%
Catholic University of America Private $33,225-8.9% 13% $36,462 36.2%
Chapman University Private $28,531+11.1% 43.3% $25,681 34.2%
Charleston School of Law For Profit $28,254-16.6% 7.7% $33,868 44.7%
Charlotte School of Law For Profit -- 0% $31,244 50.1%
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Public $19,796+7.6% 35.7% $18,395 66.7%
William and Mary Public $19,630-6.1% 14.7% $20,907 31.1%
Columbia University Private $53,681+9.3% 47.1% $49,121 54.1%
Cornell University Private $43,544-8.4% 28.2% $47,558 52.3%
Creighton University Private $23,624-10.3% 28.1% $26,327 48.8%
CUNY Public $11,305-3.8% 49% $11,749 47.4%
DePaul University Private $27,330-17.1% 2.6% $32,961 29.2%
Drake University Private $23,667-8.6% 27.1% $25,887 42.2%
Drexel University Private $18,723-17.7% 0.8% $22,763 9.7%
Duke University Private $39,320+10.7% 14.2% $35,516 10.9%
Duquesne University Private $20,568-30.7% 10% $29,695 21.9%
Elon Law School Private $16,962-36.3% 8.4% $26,636 28.4%
Emory University Private $31,973+8.4% 16.2% $29,484 19.9%
Faulkner University Private $26,466-4.6% 22.4% $27,729 55.1%
Florida A&M University Public $13,305+1.7% 76.2% $13,083 84.8%
Florida Coastal School of Law For Profit $33,169-0.2% 31.2% $33,222 46.5%
Florida International University Public $15,585+5.5% 27.9% $14,772 28.6%
Florida State University Public $13,048-24.3% 25.5% $17,226 52.3%
Fordham University Private $41,624-7.1% 27.4% $44,784 59.1%
University of New Hampshire Public $12,230-64% 1.5% $34,006 21.1%
George Mason University Public $10,014-56.7% 14.8% $23,139 81.4%
George Washington University Private $41,717+13% 29.1% $36,909 42.6%
Georgetown University Private $44,665+6.8% 41.1% $41,822 62.4%
Georgia State University Public $10,106-25.7% 52.8% $13,605 80%
Golden Gate University Private $30,090-12.5% 29.9% $34,386 49.2%
Gonzaga University Private $20,012-22% 5.6% $25,650 21.5%
Harvard University Private $49,881+20.1% 52.3% $41,520 52.5%
Hofstra University Private $34,150-1.2% 31.1% $34,565 47.6%
Howard University Private $26,781+7.5% 54.4% $24,918 48.1%
Chicago-Kent College of Law Private $25,654-14.3% 10.9% $29,922 28.9%
Indiana University - Bloomington Public $6,716-12.7% 2.1% $7,691 17.6%
Indiana University - Indianapolis Public $16,435-11% 25.5% $18,457 55.6%
Inter American University Private $16,544+8.7% 93.7% $15,216 99.1%
John Marshall Law School - Chicago Private $33,474-4.3% 31.7% $34,995 49.2%
Lewis and Clark College Private $27,063-6.8% 16.8% $29,024 40%
Liberty University Private $13,265-21% 3% $16,787 2.3%
Louisiana State University Public $12,273-3.7% 2.4% $12,742 32.6%
Loyola Marymount University Private $28,647-21% 31.3% $36,273 65.8%
Loyola University Chicago Private $27,579-6% 9.8% $29,349 8.3%
Loyola University New Orleans Private $25,930-21.4% 29.7% $32,992 52.4%
Marquette University Private $33,767+1.7% 27.7% $33,199 52.3%
Mercer University Private $24,720-14.9% 18.5% $29,061 66.3%
Michigan State University Private $21,728+3.4% 17.8% $21,013 41.8%
Mississippi College Private $24,298-3.5% 43.4% $25,186 53.3%
New England School of Law Private $29,554-13% 39.1% $33,958 45.7%
New York Law School Private $28,666-36.1% 18.5% $44,842 44.8%
New York University Private $51,449+17.7% 52.7% $43,726 62.9%
North Carolina Central University Public $13,305+55.7% 37.8% $8,544 31.4%
Northeastern University Private $18,180-49.3% 4.3% $35,848 18.9%
Northern Illinois University Public $13,171-24.5% 40.6% $17,434 66.1%
Northern Kentucky University Public $11,739+8.4% 46% $10,826 56%
Northwestern University Private $34,283-24.4% 21.3% $45,329 60.3%
Nova Southeastern University Private $34,236+10.3% 61.8% $31,037 67.1%
Ohio Northern University Private $15,108-13.1% 27.7% $17,388 30.7%
Ohio State University Public $16,290-13.1% 4.2% $18,737 12.4%
Oklahoma City University Private $22,664-13.3% 24.4% $26,130 50.8%
Pace University Private $24,068-29.9% 11.1% $34,323 44.2%
Pepperdine University Private $33,055+1% 29.7% $32,722 49.8%
Arizona Summit Law School For Profit $36,770+8.6% 35.3% $33,869 47.9%
Quinnipiac University Private $23,295-23.5% 14.9% $30,441 31.4%
Regent University Private $19,660-23.4% 6.1% $25,651 7.8%
Roger Williams University Private $24,580-18.1% 39.9% $30,023 40.5%
Samford University Private $24,701-14.4% 15.2% $28,866 49.9%
Santa Clara University Private $39,327+3.7% 39.7% $37,917 53%
Seattle University Private $31,341-6.2% 29% $33,417 41.2%
Seton Hall University Private $27,294-13.2% 14.7% $31,448 33.1%
South Texas College of Law Houston Private $27,324+6.5% 43% $25,651 62.7%
Southern Illinois University Public $15,539+18.3% 1.5% $13,138 50.1%
Southern Methodist University Private $30,927+21.7% 8.7% $25,419 15.9%
Southern University Law Center Public $14,628+39.3% 91.6% $10,498 85.1%
Southwestern Law School Private $39,342+7.6% 47.9% $36,551 62.8%
St. John's University Private $19,436-33.6% 22.8% $29,284 43.5%
St. Louis University Private $21,795-23.6% 13.6% $28,541 50.9%
St. Mary's University Private $33,202+11.1% 55.3% $29,893 74.3%
St. Thomas University - Florida Private $31,272-3.1% 39.4% $32,257 69.2%
Stanford University Private $46,249+19.6% 54.7% $38,658 46.4%
Stetson University Private $30,792-2.5% 23.6% $31,585 57.7%
Suffolk University Private $34,703+1.1% 39.5% $34,334 51.4%
Syracuse University Private $27,463-25.5% 4.7% $36,877 19.5%
Temple University Public $10,327-30.5% 20.2% $14,853 43.6%
Texas Southern University Public $15,980+36.7% 50.6% $11,688 50.9%
Texas Tech University Public $18,144+4.4% 32.9% $17,372 44.8%
Texas A&M Public $14,047-46.1% 27% $26,059 57.4%
Thomas Jefferson School of Law Private $38,380+7.8% 23.2% $35,614 56%
Thomas M Cooley Law School Private $35,658+58% 10.3% $22,569 11.8%
Touro College Private $34,449-10.4% 16.6% $38,467 43.5%
Tulane University Private $32,482+0.8% 19.7% $32,236 40.9%
SUNY Buffalo Public $21,883+8.8% 25.8% $20,115 49.3%
University of Akron Public $14,413+4.9% 3.8% $13,738 38.8%
University of Alabama Public $8,631-16.2% 25.2% $10,297 47%
University of Arizona Public $6,944-62.2% 7.7% $18,383 34.2%
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville Public $11,884+19.4% 48.3% $9,954 52.9%
University of Arkansas - Little Rock Public $9,049-4.2% 23.2% $9,446 36.5%
University of Baltimore Public $24,063+5.3% 45.9% $22,847 73.1%
University of California - Hastings Public $28,781-17.1% 16.6% $34,716 19.6%
University of California - Berkeley Public $37,044-5.1% 35.7% $39,026 42.3%
University of California - Davis Public $20,048-39.1% 11.9% $32,945 29.9%
University of California - Los Angeles Public $28,403-14.1% 21.3% $33,074 21.8%
University of Chicago Private $44,245+6.4% 17.6% $41,570 35.7%
University of Cincinnati Public $12,841-32.1% 5.9% $18,902 30.1%
University of Colorado Public $22,804-11.4% 13% $25,746 39.5%
University of Connecticut Public $18,426+42.7% 20.9% $12,910 23.5%
University of Dayton Private $17,435-37.8% 13.9% $28,032 46.7%
University of Denver Private $34,383+16.7% 45.2% $29,456 50.8%
University of Detroit Mercy Private $33,712-2.4% 59.2% $34,530 68.1%
University of Florida Public $16,021-15.6% 27% $18,978 59.4%
University of Georgia Public $13,571-11% 35.2% $15,253 53.2%
University of Hawaii Public $20,360+48.4% 38.2% $13,720 24.1%
University of Houston Public $22,760-5% 32% $23,961 24.2%
University of Idaho Public $15,081+10.8% 48.8% $13,607 68.2%
University of Illinois Public $9,953-52% 3.4% $20,725 5.1%
University of Iowa Public $2,217-79.6% 16.1% $10,882 13.9%
University of Kansas Public $9,272-40.2% 15.4% $15,499 27.7%
University of Kentucky Public $15,530+7.2% 25.5% $14,492 30.8%
University of La Verne Private $27,134+13.6% 94.9% $23,894 7.4%
University of Louisville Public $14,894+7.5% 40.1% $13,854 51.5%
University of Maine Public $18,594-13.5% 31.5% $21,508 60.9%
University of Maryland Public $23,112+3.7% 17.3% $22,296 36.7%
University of Memphis Public $15,187+7.2% 50.3% $14,164 64.9%
University of Miami Private $32,389-14.1% 44% $37,712 64.7%
University of Michigan Public $37,754-0.8% 16.6% $38,046 29.6%
University of Minnesota Public $20,176-11.2% 16.4% $22,733 21.1%
University of Mississippi Public $7,333+8.8% 22.9% $6,743 50.2%
University of Missouri - Columbia Public $9,705-33.5% 22.7% $14,602 40%
University of Missouri - Kansas City Public $12,251-3.7% 23.3% $12,716 51.2%
University of Montana Public $9,798-0.8% 52.2% $9,874 52.2%
University of Nebraska Public $5,206-36.9% 34.8% $8,254 49.6%
University of Nevada - Las Vegas Public $15,542+4.2% 23.1% $14,923 44.4%
University of New Mexico Public $15,947+25.7% 47.5% $12,690 60.5%
University of North Carolina Public $14,586-16.3% 33.6% $17,418 32.3%
University of North Dakota Public $9,804+10.4% 63.7% $8,877 62.7%
University of Notre Dame Private $33,233-2.4% 14% $34,060 32.8%
University of Oklahoma Public $12,447-20.2% 6.7% $15,595 16.6%
University of Oregon Public $12,783-45.9% 2.8% $23,646 28.1%
University of Pennsylvania Private $50,056+11.9% 51.1% $44,743 51.4%
University of Pittsburgh Public $18,423-18.9% 23.5% $22,724 41.4%
University of Puerto Rico Public $7,131-10.1% 100% $7,931 100%
University of Richmond Private $20,514-27.8% 30.9% $28,404 43.7%
University of San Diego Private $28,095-11.5% 22.2% $31,737 41.9%
University of San Francisco Private $36,995+3.4% 52.2% $35,785 55%
University of South Carolina Public $12,994+10.4% 29.6% $11,771 39.5%
University of South Dakota Public $13,929+9% 49% $12,777 71.9%
University of Southern California Private $33,046-17.3% 7.1% $39,945 36.7%
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis Private $13,211-44.2% 0% $23,690 20.9%
University of Tennessee Public $9,861-28.6% 27.3% $13,802 38.8%
University of Texas Public $20,513-17.7% 8.6% $24,931 16.6%
University of The District of Columbia Public $9,209+2.1% 35.8% $9,016 48.1%
University of the Pacific Private $30,153-10.7% 2.5% $33,758 37.4%
University of Toledo Public $5,355-57.3% 16.2% $12,552 32.7%
University of Tulsa Private $12,405-38.7% 0% $20,239 34.7%
University of Utah Public $16,126-13.1% 33.9% $18,548 44.1%
University of Virginia Public $42,372+14.2% 55.4% $37,100 62.8%
University of Washington Public $21,560-16.4% 30.7% $25,794 48.5%
University of Wisconsin Public $7,532-54.1% 24.9% $16,419 50.6%
University of Wyoming Public $15,749+56.7% 99.8% $10,049 32.8%
Valparaiso University Private $27,082-17.3% 32.6% $32,743 67.8%
Vanderbilt University Private $30,379+2.9% 8.9% $29,528 13.6%
Vermont Law School Private $27,691-18.9% 4.4% $34,135 26.4%
Villanova University Private $16,860-33.8% 23.9% $25,460 41.5%
Wake Forest University Private $22,720-5.5% 0% $24,050 31.2%
Washburn University Public $9,073-20.7% 30.4% $11,443 51.7%
Washington and Lee University Private $24,192-14.6% 2.1% $28,336 30.9%
Washington University in St Louis Private $19,448-34% 8.4% $29,461 24.1%
Wayne State University Public $12,157-25% 16.1% $16,215 40.1%
West Virginia University Public $12,869+48% 19.2% $8,697 55.3%
Western New England University School of Law Private $22,937-20.3% 24.1% $28,769 25.5%
Western State University For Profit $25,867-12.6% 20.4% $29,605 34.9%
Whittier Law School Private $36,167+6.6% 57.1% $33,932 51%
Willamette University Private $30,675+14.4% 33.9% $26,803 29.9%
Yale University Private $43,757+8.6% 39.4% $40,297 42.4%
Cardozo-Yeshiva University Private $26,415-12.6% 16.2% $30,228 39.2%
John Marshall Law School - Atlanta For Profit $34,701+4.8% 66.9% $33,107 78.1%
Belmont University Private $26,338+2.4% 54.6% $25,733 66.5%
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Public $15,701-16.8% 4.1% $18,869 55.6%
Widener University - Pennsylvania Private $31,866-8.9% 3% $34,966 76.8%
Widener University - Delaware Private $28,685-15.2% 8.6% $33,808 66.5%
Lincoln Memorial University Private $18,041-18.5% 15.2% $22,134 14.5%
Concordia University School of Law Private $18,740+6% 0% $17,680 0%
Rutgers University Public $15,391- 19.6% - 0%
Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson Law Public $6,416-80% 1.1% $32,068 28.1%
Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Law Public $11,647-63.7% 1.7% $32,082 28.2%
University of California - Irvine Public $20,872-12.1% 4.2% $23,758 10.4%
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Private $14,617-36.7% 0% $23,090 28.2%
University of North Texas Dallas College of Law Public $14,686- 34% - 0%

About the Data

School-specific tuition and scholarship 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.