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 2018-2019 for ABA-Approved law schools grouped by job outcomes in 2018. It also reflects the average three-year tuition paid by 2018 graduates.
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|Grouped by 2018 Job Outcomes1||Average Annual TuitionFall 2018 to Spring 2019||Average Three-Year Tuition TotalFall 2015 to Spring 2018|
|Public Schools||Private Schools||Public Schools||Private Schools|
|≥ 90% Legal Job Rate||$61K1 schools||$66K4 schools$64,722 - $69,916||$169K1 schools||$185K4 schools$179,876 - $195,524|
|75% - 89.9% Legal Job Rate||$31K32 schools$13,177 - $59,762||$55K28 schools$25,254 - $66,422||$88K32 schools$35,406 - $165,386||$154K28 schools$74,660 - $184,938|
|60% - 74.9% Legal Job Rate||$27K33 schools$15,564 - $50,984||$47K42 schools$35,630 - $60,790||$77K33 schools$44,439 - $141,636||$132K42 schools$99,646 - $168,878|
|50% - 59.9% Legal Job Rate||$23K14 schools$9,107 - $48,600||$42K19 schools$29,160 - $56,724||$67K14 schools$34,827 - $141,505||$121K19 schools$80,980 - $158,850|
|40% - 49.9% Legal Job Rate||$18K2 schools$16,490 - $20,418||$44K12 schools$35,500 - $54,166||$52K2 schools$44,318 - $60,633||$125K12 schools$94,550 - $150,260|
|30% - 39.9% Legal Job Rate||$15K3 schools$12,838 - $18,738||$31K3 schools$42,218 - $50,000||$44K3 schools$37,292 - $51,549||$134K3 schools$122,862 - $143,850|
|< 30% Legal Job Rate||$8K1 schools||$32K8 schools$15,738 - $52,540||$22K1 schools||$108K8 schools$48,619 - $150,050|
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.