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 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 2019 to Spring 2020||Average Three-Year Tuition TotalFall 2015 to Spring 2018|
|Public Schools||Private Schools||Public Schools||Private Schools|
|≥ 90% Legal Job Rate||$63K1 schools||$69K4 schools$67,398 - $72,360||$169K1 schools||$185K4 schools$179,876 - $195,524|
|75% - 89.9% Legal Job Rate||$32K32 schools$14,114 - $61,944||$57K28 schools$26,028 - $68,934||$88K32 schools$35,406 - $165,386||$154K28 schools$74,660 - $184,938|
|60% - 74.9% Legal Job Rate||$28K33 schools$14,770 - $50,980||$48K42 schools$35,244 - $63,204||$77K33 schools$44,439 - $141,636||$132K42 schools$99,646 - $168,878|
|50% - 59.9% Legal Job Rate||$25K14 schools$16,767 - $42,616||$43K19 schools$30,200 - $57,836||$67K14 schools$34,827 - $141,505||$121K19 schools$80,980 - $158,850|
|40% - 49.9% Legal Job Rate||$21K2 schools$19,010 - $22,254||$45K12 schools$35,520 - $55,716||$52K2 schools$44,318 - $60,633||$125K12 schools$94,550 - $150,260|
|30% - 39.9% Legal Job Rate||$15K3 schools$13,886 - $16,196||$32K3 schools$45,338 - $51,500||$44K3 schools$37,292 - $51,549||$134K3 schools$122,862 - $143,850|
|< 30% Legal Job Rate||$8K1 schools||$33K8 schools$15,510 - $52,800||$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.