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Single Tuition Year: 2017-2018

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Law School Costs

While the average tuition at top performing schools is much higher than the rest, prices do not scale with bar exam outcomes elsewhere. The average tuition at the lowest performing schools is similar to the average for mid-range schools. The following chart reflects the average nominal tuition prices in 2017-2018 for ABA-Approved law schools grouped by bar exam outcomes in 2017. It also reflects the average three-year tuition paid by 2017 graduates.

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Grouped by 2017
Bar Exam Outcomes1
Average Annual TuitionFall 2017 to Spring 2018 Average Three-Year Tuition TotalFall 2014 to Spring 2017
Public Schools Private Schools Public Schools Private Schools
Bar Pass Rate ≥ 85% $32K32 schools$15,113 - $58,300 $53K35 schools$25,254 - $67,564 $91K32 schools$44,236 - $162,100 $149K35 schools$72,540 - $188,234
Bar Pass Rate 75% - 84.9% $26K30 schools$12,562 - $47,763 $45K28 schools$30,343 - $55,336 $74K30 schools$34,179 - $142,034 $128K28 schools$87,336 - $154,594
Bar Pass Rate 60% - 74.9% $21K15 schools$8,748 - $31,084 $44K32 schools$31,500 - $57,510 $60K15 schools$33,520 - $87,212 $125K32 schools$88,770 - $162,300
Bar Pass Rate < 60% $18K8 schools$7,383 - $44,326 $41K23 schools$16,418 - $51,890 $53K8 schools$21,393 - $141,191 $118K23 schools$47,319 - $147,720

The following chart plots the previous chart's underlying data.

About the Data

School-specific tuition and job outcome data come from the American Bar Association. 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.