Non-Discounted, Debt-Financed Cost of Attending Law School

Projected Debt Owed at First Loan Payment

  • These figures reflect no tuition discounts or other effective discounts, such as savings or family contributions
  • Projections apply annual tuition increases based prior years, as well as a 2% annual increase in cost of living (room, board, books, etc.)
  • Interest calculations are time-sensitive. The rate for the first 10.25k each semester is 7.1%, 8.1% for the rest. Interest accrues upon disbursement and capitalizes six months after graduation when the first loan payment is due. Monthly payments use a blended interest rate.

Notes:

  • Students do not not necessarily borrow all that the Department of Education permits
  • Average debt figures that schools advertise do not include the interest accrued during law school.
  • In recent years, roughly 50% of students have paid full sticker for tuition & fees; LST expects this percentage to decline.
  • Engage in detailed financial planning to figure out how much school will cost you and how much you will have to repay.
Students Starting in 2014 2013-2014 Academic Year
Non-Residents Residents Tuition & Fees
Debt at Repayment
Non-Resident
Monthly Payment
10-Year Plan
Debt at Repayment
Resident
Monthly Payment
10-Year Plan
Non-Resident Resident
Albany Law School $237,819 $2,860 - - $43,523 -
American University $262,198 $3,157 - - $48,148 -
Appalachian School of Law $196,465 $2,357 - - $31,325 -
Arizona State University $242,935 $2,923 $188,016 $2,254 $40,818 $26,268
Arizona Summit Law School $238,618 $2,870 - - $41,114 -
Ave Maria School of Law $228,583 $2,748 - - $40,136 -
Barry University $203,010 $2,436 - - $34,300 -
Baylor University $276,621 $3,333 - - $49,481 -
Belmont University $202,228 $2,427 - - $35,650 -
Boston College $248,024 $2,985 - - $45,231 -
Boston University $251,370 $3,026 - - $45,786 -
Brigham Young University $161,215 $1,927 $116,731 $1,385 $22,560 $11,280
Brooklyn Law School $290,231 $3,499 - - $54,246 -
California Western School of Law $249,598 $3,004 - - $44,800 -
Campbell University $221,168 $2,658 - - $37,060 -
Capital University $201,528 $2,418 - - $33,814 -
Cardozo-Yeshiva University $276,131 $3,327 - - $51,778 -
Case Western Reserve University $260,236 $3,134 - - $46,826 -
Catholic University of America $247,403 $2,977 - - $44,465 -
Chapman University $250,068 $3,010 - - $44,843 -
Charleston School of Law $218,055 $2,620 - - $37,874 -
Charlotte School of Law $236,517 $2,845 - - $40,146 -
Chicago-Kent College of Law $248,620 $2,992 - - $44,410 -
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law $210,181 $2,524 $172,697 $2,067 $32,692 $23,816
Columbia University $303,698 $3,663 - - $57,838 -
Cornell University $300,706 $3,627 - - $57,351 -
Creighton University $208,123 $2,499 - - $34,494 -
CUNY $167,325 $2,002 $131,900 $1,570 $22,912 $14,472
DePaul University $252,389 $3,038 - - $44,999 -
Drake University $218,290 $2,622 - - $36,662 -
Drexel University $233,786 $2,811 - - $40,230 -
Duke University $285,467 $3,441 - - $53,596 -
Duquesne University $220,253 $2,646 - - $36,944 -
Elon Law School $223,822 $2,690 - - $37,549 -
Emory University $261,653 $3,151 - - $48,174 -
Faulkner University $205,795 $2,470 - - $34,000 -
Florida A&M University $208,470 $2,503 $137,447 $1,638 $34,034 $14,131
Florida Coastal School of Law $241,023 $2,899 - - $41,256 -
Florida International University $218,052 $2,620 $169,408 $2,027 $34,841 $20,597
Florida State University $234,339 $2,818 $164,496 $1,967 $40,644 $20,632
Fordham University $272,783 $3,286 - - $50,996 -
George Mason University $235,700 $2,835 $176,410 $2,112 $40,737 $25,351
George Washington University $270,186 $3,255 - - $49,840 -
Georgetown University $272,217 $3,280 - - $50,890 -
Georgia State University $211,149 $2,535 $140,983 $1,681 $35,722 $16,042
Golden Gate University $246,368 $2,965 - - $43,660 -
Gonzaga University $215,547 $2,589 - - $36,510 -
Hamline University $218,995 $2,631 - - $37,204 -
Harvard University $283,919 $3,422 - - $53,308 -
Hofstra University $270,775 $3,262 - - $49,780 -
Howard University $208,656 $2,505 - - $32,743 -
Indiana University - Bloomington $270,823 $3,263 $203,889 $2,447 $48,962 $30,526
Indiana University - Indianapolis $239,956 $2,886 $168,208 $2,012 $43,882 $24,172
Inter American University $131,934 $1,570 - - $15,303 -
John Marshall Law School - Atlanta $234,436 $2,819 - - $39,578 -
John Marshall Law School - Chicago $250,025 $3,009 - - $44,024 -
Lewis and Clark College $230,815 $2,775 - - $39,326 -
Liberty University $197,225 $2,366 - - $31,878 -
Louisiana State University $241,412 $2,904 $157,534 $1,882 $38,118 $19,861
Loyola Marymount University $252,099 $3,034 - - $45,980 -
Loyola University Chicago $234,324 $2,818 - - $41,666 -
Loyola University New Orleans $250,397 $3,014 - - $43,432 -
Marquette University $232,622 $2,797 - - $39,850 -
Mercer University $214,404 $2,575 - - $37,260 -
Michigan State University $209,290 $2,513 - - $35,844 -
Mississippi College $192,953 $2,314 - - $30,590 -
New England School of Law $242,664 $2,919 - - $42,570 -
New York Law School $260,543 $3,137 - - $49,240 -
New York University $288,906 $3,483 - - $54,678 -
North Carolina Central University $177,541 $2,126 $125,067 $1,487 $25,636 $11,708
Northeastern University $240,809 $2,897 - - $43,910 -
Northern Illinois University $228,509 $2,747 $164,598 $1,968 $37,022 $21,399
Northern Kentucky University $172,510 $2,065 $142,770 $1,702 $27,944 $17,414
Northwestern University $287,314 $3,463 - - $54,764 -
Nova Southeastern University $210,144 $2,523 - - $35,586 -
Ohio Northern University $205,263 $2,464 - - $33,684 -
Ohio State University $240,542 $2,894 $186,972 $2,241 $42,985 $28,033
Oklahoma City University $202,570 $2,431 - - $34,330 -
Pace University $239,722 $2,884 - - $43,360 -
Penn State University $237,669 $2,859 $237,669 $2,859 $41,088 $41,088
Pepperdine University $257,458 $3,100 - - $46,680 -
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico $129,071 $1,536 - - $15,088 -
Quinnipiac University $257,405 $3,099 - - $47,076 -
Regent University $204,863 $2,459 - - $34,060 -
Roger Williams University $239,345 $2,879 - - $42,130 -
Rutgers State University - Camden $214,071 $2,571 $168,883 $2,020 $37,237 $25,505
Rutgers State University - Newark $214,732 $2,579 $168,813 $2,020 $37,189 $25,457
Samford University $214,855 $2,581 - - $36,216 -
Santa Clara University $249,915 $3,008 - - $45,000 -
Seattle University $230,758 $2,774 - - $40,486 -
Seton Hall University $263,966 $3,179 - - $49,070 -
South Texas College of Law $179,578 $2,151 - - $28,110 -
Southern Illinois University $235,625 $2,834 $145,901 $1,741 $40,496 $17,846
Southern Methodist University $262,913 $3,166 - - $46,519 -
Southern University Law Center $165,527 $1,980 $125,420 $1,491 $20,654 $12,054
Southwestern Law School $254,980 $3,070 - - $45,380 -
St. John's University $268,744 $3,237 - - $49,750 -
St. Louis University $215,978 $2,594 - - $37,615 -
St. Mary's University $195,996 $2,351 - - $31,770 -
St. Thomas University - Florida $220,564 $2,650 - - $37,402 -
Stanford University $281,264 $3,390 - - $52,530 -
Stetson University $221,729 $2,664 - - $37,782 -
Suffolk University $247,536 $2,979 - - $45,054 -
SUNY Buffalo $246,267 $2,963 $173,523 $2,077 $40,056 $23,986
Syracuse University $243,582 $2,931 - - $46,050 -
Temple University $203,545 $2,443 $152,944 $1,826 $33,780 $20,462
Texas A&M $193,605 $2,322 - - $30,580 -
Texas Southern University $170,618 $2,042 $150,541 $1,797 $23,393 $18,443
Texas Tech University $211,441 $2,539 $171,404 $2,051 $32,087 $22,367
Thomas Jefferson School of Law $250,028 $3,009 - - $44,000 -
Thomas M Cooley Law School $264,629 $3,187 - - $43,540 -
Touro College $247,551 $2,979 - - $44,520 -
Tulane University $257,628 $3,102 - - $47,080 -
University of Akron $153,581 $1,834 $168,853 $2,020 $23,683 $23,583
University of Alabama $219,081 $2,632 $164,726 $1,970 $34,840 $20,770
University of Arizona $224,753 $2,701 $169,226 $2,025 $38,856 $24,396
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville $186,465 $2,235 $127,112 $1,512 $28,120 $13,669
University of Arkansas - Little Rock $179,508 $2,150 $125,158 $1,488 $27,147 $13,353
University of Baltimore $223,676 $2,688 $177,685 $2,128 $39,538 $26,884
University of California - Berkeley $276,261 $3,329 $280,877 $3,385 $52,009 $48,058
University of California - Davis $306,816 $3,701 $283,061 $3,412 $56,537 $47,286
University of California - Hastings $291,583 $3,516 $284,189 $3,425 $53,634 $47,634
University of California - Irvine $260,501 $3,137 $246,058 $2,961 $51,211 $44,717
University of California - Los Angeles $277,650 $3,346 $263,456 $3,173 $51,720 $45,226
University of Chicago $286,391 $3,452 - - $53,361 -
University of Cincinnati $233,836 $2,812 $164,907 $1,972 $41,044 $23,536
University of Colorado $222,303 $2,671 $205,908 $2,472 $38,524 $31,738
University of Connecticut $277,378 $3,342 $171,508 $2,053 $50,990 $24,674
University of Dayton $206,694 $2,481 - - $35,273 -
University of Denver $232,911 $2,801 - - $40,950 -
University of Detroit Mercy $233,361 $2,806 - - $39,710 -
University of Florida $240,778 $2,896 $167,998 $2,010 $41,546 $21,181
University of Georgia $215,619 $2,590 $150,991 $1,803 $36,410 $18,740
University of Hawaii $225,356 $2,709 $148,837 $1,776 $36,910 $19,006
University of Houston $244,041 $2,936 $203,376 $2,441 $39,792 $29,748
University of Idaho $191,587 $2,297 $138,862 $1,655 $28,850 $15,774
University of Illinois $267,051 $3,217 $239,891 $2,886 $48,976 $41,226
University of Iowa $277,215 $3,340 $194,412 $2,332 $49,025 $28,047
University of Kansas $204,046 $2,449 $151,711 $1,811 $33,067 $19,623
University of Kentucky $218,510 $2,625 $153,305 $1,831 $35,652 $19,986
University of La Verne $240,067 $2,888 - - $42,352 -
University of Louisville $208,851 $2,507 $148,536 $1,773 $34,612 $18,578
University of Maine $206,004 $2,473 $164,977 $1,973 $34,624 $23,554
University of Maryland $224,889 $2,703 $179,820 $2,154 $39,256 $27,174
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth $192,929 $2,313 $164,582 $1,968 $31,870 $24,178
University of Memphis $223,822 $2,690 $145,173 $1,732 $39,492 $17,620
University of Miami $248,171 $2,987 - - $44,626 -
University of Michigan $278,042 $3,351 $267,238 $3,219 $52,784 $49,784
University of Minnesota $266,456 $3,209 $249,276 $3,000 $47,330 $40,058
University of Mississippi $197,385 $2,368 $129,093 $1,536 $29,287 $13,488
University of Missouri - Columbia $217,323 $2,611 $149,342 $1,782 $36,907 $19,538
University of Missouri - Kansas City $207,439 $2,490 $143,575 $1,712 $33,996 $17,886
University of Montana $186,400 $2,234 $114,854 $1,362 $28,602 $11,282
University of Nebraska $200,389 $2,404 $130,431 $1,552 $31,955 $14,441
University of Nevada - Las Vegas $243,024 $2,924 $209,256 $2,513 $37,437 $26,437
University of New Hampshire $235,585 $2,833 - - $41,190 -
University of New Mexico $213,659 $2,566 $139,961 $1,668 $34,521 $16,251
University of North Carolina $233,751 $2,811 $166,767 $1,995 $38,846 $22,215
University of North Dakota $165,795 $1,983 $115,414 $1,369 $23,866 $11,029
University of Notre Dame $268,918 $3,239 - - $48,730 -
University of Oklahoma $188,868 $2,264 $150,252 $1,794 $30,398 $19,973
University of Oregon $218,765 $2,628 $189,602 $2,273 $35,374 $28,354
University of Pennsylvania $290,482 $3,502 - - $54,992 -
University of Pittsburgh $217,769 $2,616 $193,578 $2,321 $37,604 $30,400
University of Puerto Rico $113,825 $1,350 $101,370 $1,198 $9,919 $7,131
University of Richmond $222,750 $2,677 - - $38,250 -
University of San Diego $250,093 $3,010 - - $45,860 -
University of San Francisco $247,525 $2,979 - - $44,260 -
University of South Carolina $251,029 $3,021 $161,588 $1,932 $44,752 $22,360
University of South Dakota $197,634 $2,371 $132,509 $1,577 $28,430 $13,904
University of Southern California $290,312 $3,500 - - $55,023 -
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis $225,805 $2,714 - - $39,244 -
University of Tennessee $224,079 $2,693 $154,915 $1,850 $37,706 $18,962
University of Texas $263,177 $3,169 $206,374 $2,477 $48,075 $32,376
University of The District of Columbia $164,102 $1,962 $119,317 $1,417 $21,885 $11,265
University of the Pacific $248,490 $2,990 - - $44,690 -
University of Toledo $205,200 $2,463 $160,194 $1,915 $33,752 $22,203
University of Tulsa $203,600 $2,443 - - $33,428 -
University of Utah $266,450 $3,209 $179,435 $2,149 $44,635 $23,489
University of Virginia $283,860 $3,421 $266,005 $3,204 $52,900 $47,900
University of Washington $268,211 $3,231 $213,950 $2,570 $45,024 $31,983
University of Wisconsin $226,862 $2,727 $162,491 $1,943 $40,061 $21,365
University of Wyoming $183,742 $2,202 $130,726 $1,556 $27,192 $13,842
Valparaiso University $226,982 $2,728 - - $39,612 -
Vanderbilt University $257,344 $3,098 - - $48,190 -
Vermont Law School $257,707 $3,103 - - $47,135 -
Villanova University $228,972 $2,753 - - $40,060 -
Wake Forest University $233,917 $2,813 - - $41,364 -
Washburn University $185,828 $2,227 $145,098 $1,731 $29,440 $18,880
Washington and Lee University $249,196 $2,999 - - $44,707 -
Washington University in St Louis $270,114 $3,254 - - $49,945 -
Wayne State University $200,536 $2,406 $189,665 $2,274 $31,763 $29,066
West Virginia University $212,809 $2,556 $150,974 $1,802 $33,714 $17,658
Western New England College $234,988 $2,826 - - $40,954 -
Western State University $237,961 $2,862 - - $40,890 -
Whittier Law School $236,372 $2,843 - - $41,460 -
Widener University $229,082 $2,754 - - $39,580 -
Willamette University $218,672 $2,627 - - $36,390 -
William and Mary $223,621 $2,687 $194,374 $2,331 $38,000 $29,000
William Mitchell College of Law $217,972 $2,619 - - $37,100 -
Yale University $285,479 $3,441 - - $54,650 -
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