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You are viewing Graduate Debt at ABA-approved law schools grouped by Bar Passage Rates in 2013

The following charts, grouped by Bar Passage Rates in 2013, show change in average debt between 2010 and 2014.

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We use normal averages rather than weighted averages on this page. Debt is not the amount owed, but the amount borrowed. It does not include interest that accumulated during law school, debt from other degree programs, or private debt related to attending law school. Note also that these amounts reflect only graduates.

The school numbers do not always match up across 2010 and 2014 because some schools inconsistently disclose/withhold debt data.

Grouped by Bar Passage Rates in 2013 Debt for 2010 Graduates
36,753 Borrowing Graduates
Debt for 2014 Graduates
34,006 Borrowing Graduates (-7.5%)
Change
Averaged Borrowed % Borrowing Averaged Borrowed % Borrowing $ %
Bar Pass Rate ≥ 85% $90K
93 schools
83.9% $107K
90 schools
80.7% 19% -3.2%
Bar Pass Rate 75% - 84.9% $99K
66 schools
85.2% $115K
68 schools
83.8% 16.7% -1.4%
Bar Pass Rate 60% - 74.9% $103K
26 schools
88.2% $121K
22 schools
87.3% 17.2% -0.9%
Bar Pass Rate < 60% $101K
6 schools
91.7% $117K
4 schools
86.3% 15.7% -5.4%

Read this chart across each row. For example, average debt at schools with Bar Pass Rate ≥ 85% increased 19% from 2010 to 2014, from $90K to $107K.

School 2013 Bar
Pass Rate
2010 Grad
Avg. Borrowed
2014 Grad
Avg. Borrowed
Change
Northwestern University 91.3% $132,685 $163,065 22.9%
University of Chicago 94.8% $127,997 $144,695 13%
Columbia University 96.3% $126,945 $154,076 21.4%
Cornell University 94.4% $126,000 $135,000 7.1%
New York University 96.2% $125,169 $147,744 18%
Villanova University 88.3% $122,410 $95,297 -22.1%
Georgetown University 89.9% $122,319 $150,529 23.1%
Stetson University 89.3% $122,189 $148,394 21.4%
DePaul University 86.8% $121,324 $125,895 3.8%
St. Louis University 91.5% $120,000 $128,764 7.3%
Fordham University 90.6% $119,120 $140,577 18%
Cardozo-Yeshiva University 85% $118,939 $121,644 2.3%
Penn State University 89.2% $117,989 $123,842 5%
University of Southern California 86% $117,573 $137,163 16.7%
Vanderbilt University 95.6% $114,720 $122,327 6.6%
Duke University 95.4% $113,911 $125,406 10.1%
University of Denver 85.7% $113,688 $132,083 16.2%
Indiana University - Bloomington 91.4% $113,538 $89,785 -20.9%
Northeastern University 88.3% $113,081 $134,918 19.3%
Seton Hall University 87.8% $112,772 $128,100 13.6%
St. John's University 87.6% $112,365 $111,959 -0.4%
University of Michigan 93.6% $112,133 $132,473 18.1%
Marquette University 100% $110,147 $134,533 22.1%
George Washington University 90.6% $110,000 $141,346 28.5%
Washington University in St Louis 88.5% $108,603 $111,345 2.5%
New England School of Law 89.2% $108,326 - -
University of Virginia 92.8% $107,384 $132,182 23.1%
Southern Methodist University 89.6% $106,512 $124,617 17%
Mercer University 86.8% $105,585 $125,301 18.7%
University of Pennsylvania 95.6% $105,297 $130,002 23.5%
South Texas College of Law Houston 88.1% $104,862 $113,748 8.5%
Stanford University 91.9% $104,424 $128,137 22.7%
Boston University 94.7% $103,980 $107,850 3.7%
University of California - Los Angeles 88.6% $103,956 $121,066 16.5%
Boston College 94.4% $103,765 $97,006 -6.5%
Capital University 86.6% $103,426 $113,434 9.7%
University of Tulsa 87% $100,795 $99,305 -1.5%
Baylor University 97% $100,661 $116,666 15.9%
Gonzaga University 90.8% $100,092 $121,281 21.2%
Emory University 94.9% $99,236 $108,690 9.5%
Yale University 96.2% $98,796 $117,093 18.5%
George Mason University 93.1% $98,087 $126,723 29.2%
Brooklyn Law School 92.7% $97,631 $114,953 17.7%
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis 87.7% $97,238 $100,401 3.3%
Ohio Northern University 85.7% $96,371 $107,764 11.8%
Loyola University Chicago 88.6% $95,201 $134,968 41.8%
Case Western Reserve University 86.7% $94,150 $131,724 39.9%
University of Notre Dame 88.1% $92,310 $111,310 20.6%
William Mitchell College of Law 88.8% $92,277 $110,738 20%
Drake University 94.7% $91,576 $108,857 18.9%
University of Minnesota 93.5% $91,314 $104,733 14.7%
University of California - Berkeley 85.7% $91,277 $143,546 57.3%
University of Missouri - Kansas City 91.7% $90,767 - -
Arizona State University 87.9% $89,038 $97,431 9.4%
Texas A&M 86.7% $88,062 $103,500 17.5%
University of Iowa 89.8% $87,891 $92,373 5.1%
Chicago-Kent College of Law 93% $84,710 $119,884 41.5%
William and Mary 89.5% $83,058 $98,487 18.6%
Temple University 90% $82,836 $97,323 17.5%
Ohio State University 94.7% $81,408 $97,021 19.2%
Washburn University 85.3% $80,488 $83,396 3.6%
University of Illinois 94.7% $80,005 $89,852 12.3%
University of Oklahoma 88.1% $78,644 $81,789 4%
University of Texas 95.1% $78,408 $100,868 28.6%
University of Wisconsin 100% $76,845 $79,373 3.3%
University of Maine 87.5% $76,533 $101,749 32.9%
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 91.1% $71,477 $89,879 25.7%
University of Georgia 94.8% $71,283 $88,825 24.6%
University of Missouri - Columbia 93.3% $69,046 $67,289 -2.5%
University of Memphis 88% $67,074 $78,030 16.3%
University of Colorado 89.2% $66,554 $116,280 74.7%
University of Houston 88.2% $65,802 $88,664 34.7%
University of Tennessee 94.3% $65,082 $66,201 1.7%
Southern Illinois University 88.8% $63,517 - -
University of Washington 93.5% $63,393 $105,990 67.2%
University of Florida 87.2% $62,432 $82,410 32%
University of Mississippi 90.8% $62,012 $73,003 17.7%
University of Utah 90% $61,665 $78,725 27.7%
University of Montana 86.1% $61,617 $71,216 15.6%
Texas Tech University 86.9% $60,124 $84,272 40.2%
University of Cincinnati 89.6% $58,455 $76,663 31.1%
Georgia State University 94.4% $57,408 $69,822 21.6%
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville 85.7% $56,358 $63,541 12.7%
University of New Mexico 85.4% $54,122 $71,029 31.2%
University of South Dakota 97.8% $53,251 $78,963 48.3%
Brigham Young University 86.1% $52,315 $54,203 3.6%
Faulkner University 91.9% $50,500 - -
Northern Illinois University 87.4% $49,858 $77,182 54.8%
University of Alabama 96.4% $49,750 $69,440 39.6%
University of Nebraska 86.3% $49,706 $62,985 26.7%
University of Kentucky 90.2% $49,059 $76,746 56.4%
University of Kansas 89.5% $45,662 $74,890 64%
Florida State University 88.4% $44,442 $80,375 80.9%
Harvard University 96.4% - $137,599 -
American University 79.2% $136,121 $159,316 17%
Catholic University of America 75.7% $134,133 $144,737 7.9%
Loyola Marymount University 84.7% $132,267 $147,701 11.7%
Charleston School of Law 75.6% $128,571 $147,031 14.4%
Vermont Law School 77% $127,914 $156,713 22.5%
University of Illinois at Chicago - John Marshall Law School 84.9% $125,806 $143,518 14.1%
Pepperdine University 80.9% $125,114 $145,525 16.3%
University of San Francisco 75.1% $124,982 $154,321 23.5%
Albany Law School 79.8% $124,271 $130,184 4.8%
Roger Williams University 80.3% $123,338 $128,543 4.2%
Campbell University 82.4% $121,648 $90,065 -26%
Syracuse University 84.7% $119,769 $129,249 7.9%
New York Law School 82.5% $119,437 $166,622 39.5%
University of San Diego 76.5% $119,331 $128,477 7.7%
Barry University 79.3% $119,250 $149,175 25.1%
Nova Southeastern University 81.6% $117,223 $136,450 16.4%
University of New Hampshire 84.8% $115,952 $121,469 4.8%
Regent University 75.6% $115,734 $125,158 8.1%
Hofstra University 82.6% $115,705 $143,646 24.1%
Chapman University 76.4% $115,064 $148,429 29%
Oklahoma City University 79% $114,090 $121,476 6.5%
Creighton University 82% $114,030 $126,586 11%
Valparaiso University 76% $113,643 $132,010 16.2%
Suffolk University 81.9% $112,939 $120,993 7.1%
Widener University - Pennsylvania 83.3% $111,909 $139,229 24.4%
Widener University - Delaware 81% $111,909 $139,229 24.4%
Michigan State University 76.6% $108,444 $95,494 -11.9%
Samford University 84.9% $107,850 $124,106 15.1%
Washington and Lee University 82.3% $105,970 $109,422 3.3%
Lewis and Clark College 81.2% $105,928 $127,064 20%
Mississippi College 77.6% $102,884 $130,700 27%
Seattle University 82.2% $102,350 $131,414 28.4%
University of Miami 81.6% $98,986 $143,845 45.3%
Western State University 77.6% $98,791 $120,350 21.8%
University of California - Davis 82.9% $98,179 $93,498 -4.8%
Pace University 79.3% $97,586 $122,180 25.2%
St. Mary's University 81.5% $97,105 $116,782 20.3%
Drexel University 80.2% $96,780 $91,915 -5%
Rutgers State University - Camden 83.8% $96,705 - -
Quinnipiac University 82.2% $96,256 $119,956 24.6%
Hamline University 83.8% $95,174 $113,173 18.9%
University of Baltimore 84.9% $94,834 $114,725 21%
University of Richmond 81.2% $94,200 $110,380 17.2%
Wake Forest University 80.1% $93,223 $107,532 15.3%
University of Oregon 80.7% $91,353 $105,900 15.9%
Willamette University 80.6% $91,347 $136,099 49%
Duquesne University 82.2% $88,908 $107,496 20.9%
University of Pittsburgh 80.9% $84,772 $103,461 22%
University of Maryland 83.5% $83,693 $102,183 22.1%
University of Arizona 80.5% $78,412 $95,533 21.8%
University of Louisville 80.2% $77,121 $90,195 17%
University of Toledo 81.2% $76,898 $96,924 26%
University of Nevada - Las Vegas 75.4% $76,478 $99,678 30.3%
University of South Carolina 84.7% $75,718 $84,590 11.7%
University of Idaho 77.9% $74,655 $92,732 24.2%
Northern Kentucky University 82% $73,469 $82,989 13%
CUNY 79.2% $70,119 $82,415 17.5%
University of Dayton 77.4% $67,856 $113,486 67.2%
Wayne State University 78.4% $67,029 $79,881 19.2%
University of Connecticut 83.7% $66,457 $70,139 5.5%
University of North Carolina 82.4% $60,212 $92,475 53.6%
University of Akron 83.8% $60,149 $82,322 36.9%
West Virginia University 76.9% $60,074 $84,727 41%
University of Hawaii 82.6% $58,609 $56,266 -4%
SUNY Buffalo 83% $56,394 $76,010 34.8%
University of Wyoming 80.6% $51,859 $67,087 29.4%
University of California - Irvine 80% - $102,891 -
Indiana University - Indianapolis 82.5% - $96,651 -
Florida International University 84.8% - $89,815 -
California Western School of Law 71.4% $145,621 $151,197 3.8%
Southwestern Law School 73.5% $136,569 - -
Loyola University New Orleans 64.9% $136,050 $117,892 -13.3%
University of the Pacific 67.7% $128,495 $140,517 9.4%
Touro College 66.4% $125,481 $154,855 23.4%
John Marshall Law School - Atlanta 67.1% $123,025 - -
Tulane University 73.9% $122,197 $140,965 15.4%
Florida Coastal School of Law 68.4% $120,410 $162,785 35.2%
St. Thomas University - Florida 71.4% $119,271 $140,808 18.1%
University of Detroit Mercy 61.1% $117,089 $132,245 12.9%
Charlotte School of Law 61.7% $113,793 $140,528 23.5%
Howard University 64.3% $112,004 $124,021 10.7%
Santa Clara University 72% $106,869 $136,990 28.2%
Whittier Law School 65.7% $104,731 $151,602 44.8%
Elon Law School 65.5% $103,059 $132,444 28.5%
North Carolina Central University 65.6% $98,948 $58,061 -41.3%
Western New England University School of Law 64.1% $96,565 $130,124 34.8%
University of California - Hastings 74.6% $96,013 $129,178 34.5%
Ave Maria School of Law 62.6% $87,337 $132,236 51.4%
Florida A&M University 73.1% $86,557 - -
Rutgers State University - Newark 70.4% $78,302 $89,507 14.3%
Louisiana State University 73.4% $69,462 $89,471 28.8%
Texas Southern University 66.8% $67,500 - -
University of North Dakota 73.6% $64,772 $64,818 0.1%
Liberty University 70.1% $62,032 $69,475 12%
University of Arkansas - Little Rock 70.6% $59,983 $69,532 15.9%
Appalachian School of Law 68.3% - - -
Arizona Summit Law School 69.1% - - -
Thomas Jefferson School of Law 55.2% $137,352 $172,445 25.5%
Golden Gate University 55.7% $132,895 $146,288 10.1%
Thomas M Cooley Law School 51.5% $105,798 - -
University of La Verne 56.4% $101,237 - -
University of The District of Columbia 54.7% $74,667 $73,175 -2%
Southern University Law Center 46.6% $55,809 $77,067 38.1%