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Single Tuition Year: 2019-2020

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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 2019-2020 for ABA-Approved law schools grouped by job outcomes in 2019. It also reflects the average three-year tuition paid by 2019 graduates.

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Grouped by 2019 Job Outcomes1 Average Annual TuitionFall 2019 to Spring 2020 Average Three-Year Tuition TotalFall 2016 to Spring 2019
Public Schools Private Schools Public Schools Private Schools
≥ 90% Legal Job Rate $59K3 schools$52,016 - $63,200 $68K5 schools$64,512 - $72,360 $165K3 schools$147,392 - $175,300 $189K5 schools$177,190 - $202,740
75% - 89.9% Legal Job Rate $30K36 schools$16,014 - $53,212 $54K37 schools$30,200 - $68,934 $86K36 schools$45,340 - $146,132 $152K37 schools$84,110 - $192,030
60% - 74.9% Legal Job Rate $26K38 schools$14,114 - $50,980 $47K46 schools$26,028 - $63,204 $74K38 schools$36,689 - $147,228 $132K46 schools$76,840 - $175,554
50% - 59.9% Legal Job Rate $24K4 schools$14,770 - $42,616 $46K10 schools$37,700 - $54,718 $77K4 schools$48,009 - $144,325 $133K10 schools$106,387 - $155,758
40% - 49.9% Legal Job Rate $17K3 schools$13,886 - $19,010 $44K7 schools$35,520 - $55,716 $46K3 schools$41,940 - $50,241 $125K7 schools$98,725 - $156,146
30% - 39.9% Legal Job Rate -0 schools $48K5 schools$43,206 - $52,580 -0 schools $141K5 schools$125,618 - $154,700
< 30% Legal Job Rate $11K2 schools$7,900 - $14,134 $16K2 schools$15,510 - $16,696 $30K2 schools$22,366 - $38,614 $50K2 schools$49,214 - $49,851

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.