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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 job 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 job outcomes in 2017. It also reflects the average three-year tuition paid by 2017 graduates.

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Grouped by 2017 Job 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
≥ 90% Legal Job Rate $58K2 schools$57,262 - $58,300 $64K5 schools$62,247 - $67,564 $161K2 schools$159,522 - $162,100 $179K5 schools$173,217 - $188,234
75% - 89.9% Legal Job Rate $30K24 schools$17,147 - $49,364 $53K24 schools$25,254 - $63,986 $87K24 schools$50,845 - $145,494 $151K24 schools$97,764 - $177,790
60% - 74.9% Legal Job Rate $24K38 schools$12,232 - $49,070 $44K37 schools$25,360 - $58,520 $70K38 schools$33,520 - $142,034 $126K37 schools$72,540 - $162,794
50% - 59.9% Legal Job Rate $25K15 schools$8,748 - $44,326 $44K27 schools$31,500 - $54,832 $72K15 schools$43,093 - $141,191 $125K27 schools$88,770 - $153,560
40% - 49.9% Legal Job Rate $15K2 schools$14,132 - $15,802 $44K12 schools$35,845 - $51,890 $41K2 schools$40,530 - $42,395 $127K12 schools$106,420 - $145,470
30% - 39.9% Legal Job Rate $19K1 schools $43K8 schools$30,024 - $51,370 $45K1 schools $123K8 schools$79,902 - $143,670
< 30% Legal Job Rate $10K2 schools$7,383 - $12,516 $32K4 schools$16,418 - $49,500 $29K2 schools$21,393 - $36,159 $92K4 schools$47,319 - $138,700

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 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.