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You are viewing Graduate Debt at ABA-approved law schools grouped by Percentage of 2014 Graduates Borrowing

The following charts, grouped by Percentage of 2014 Graduates Borrowing, 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 Percentage of 2014 Graduates Borrowing Debt for 2010 Graduates
35,324 Borrowing Graduates
Debt for 2014 Graduates
32,672 Borrowing Graduates (-7.5%)
Change
Averaged Borrowed % Borrowing Averaged Borrowed % Borrowing $ %
Percentage of Graduates Borrowing ≥ 90% $97K
31 schools
89.8% $117K
31 schools
92.5% 21.6% 2.7%
Percentage of Graduates Borrowing 80% - 89.9% $97K
91 schools
85.7% $112K
94 schools
84.3% 15.3% -1.4%
Percentage of Graduates Borrowing < 80% $93K
58 schools
81.4% $110K
59 schools
75.2% 19% -6.2%

Read this chart across each row. For example, average debt at schools with Percentage of Graduates Borrowing ≥ 90% increased 21.6% from 2010 to 2014, from $97K to $117K.

School 2014 Grad
% Borrowing
2010 Grad
Avg. Borrowed
2014 Grad
Avg. Borrowed
Change
California Western School of Law 91% $145,621 $151,197 3.8%
Thomas Jefferson School of Law 91% $137,352 $172,445 25.5%
Florida Coastal School of Law 93% $120,410 $162,785 35.2%
St. Thomas University - Florida 91% $119,271 $140,808 18.1%
Barry University 95% $119,250 $149,175 25.1%
University of New Hampshire 90% $115,952 $121,469 4.8%
Regent University 93% $115,734 $125,158 8.1%
Creighton University 92% $114,030 $126,586 11%
Charlotte School of Law 92.5% $113,793 $140,528 23.5%
Valparaiso University 93% $113,643 $132,010 16.2%
Howard University 96% $112,004 $124,021 10.7%
Whittier Law School 91% $104,731 $151,602 44.8%
Capital University 94% $103,426 $113,434 9.7%
Seattle University 96% $102,350 $131,414 28.4%
Western State University 91% $98,791 $120,350 21.8%
Western New England University School of Law 92% $96,565 $130,124 34.8%
Ohio Northern University 97% $96,371 $107,764 11.8%
University of California - Hastings 90% $96,013 $129,178 34.5%
Hamline University 95% $95,174 $113,173 18.9%
William Mitchell College of Law 93% $92,277 $110,738 20%
Drake University 94% $91,576 $108,857 18.9%
Willamette University 93% $91,347 $136,099 49%
Rutgers State University - Newark 91% $78,302 $89,507 14.3%
University of Louisville 91% $77,121 $90,195 17%
University of Toledo 90% $76,898 $96,924 26%
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 90% $71,477 $89,879 25.7%
Liberty University 92% $62,032 $69,475 12%
University of Utah 94% $61,665 $78,725 27.7%
University of Montana 90% $61,617 $71,216 15.6%
Southern University Law Center 95% $55,809 $77,067 38.1%
University of South Dakota 90% $53,251 $78,963 48.3%
American University 83% $136,121 $159,316 17%
Loyola University New Orleans 89% $136,050 $117,892 -13.3%
Catholic University of America 85% $134,133 $144,737 7.9%
Golden Gate University 88% $132,895 $146,288 10.1%
Northwestern University 80% $132,685 $163,065 22.9%
Loyola Marymount University 85% $132,267 $147,701 11.7%
Charleston School of Law 85% $128,571 $147,031 14.4%
University of the Pacific 89% $128,495 $140,517 9.4%
Vermont Law School 84% $127,914 $156,713 22.5%
Cornell University 83% $126,000 $135,000 7.1%
John Marshall Law School - Chicago 85% $125,806 $143,518 14.1%
Touro College 85% $125,481 $154,855 23.4%
University of San Francisco 88% $124,982 $154,321 23.5%
Albany Law School 85% $124,271 $130,184 4.8%
Roger Williams University 86% $123,338 $128,543 4.2%
Villanova University 83% $122,410 $95,297 -22.1%
Stetson University 83% $122,189 $148,394 21.4%
Campbell University 85% $121,648 $90,065 -26%
DePaul University 87% $121,324 $125,895 3.8%
St. Louis University 86% $120,000 $128,764 7.3%
New York Law School 83% $119,437 $166,622 39.5%
University of San Diego 82% $119,331 $128,477 7.7%
Penn State University 88% $117,989 $123,842 5%
Nova Southeastern University 86% $117,223 $136,450 16.4%
Hofstra University 80% $115,705 $143,646 24.1%
Oklahoma City University 83% $114,090 $121,476 6.5%
Duke University 80% $113,911 $125,406 10.1%
University of Denver 87% $113,688 $132,083 16.2%
Indiana University - Bloomington 81% $113,538 $89,785 -20.9%
Northeastern University 87% $113,081 $134,918 19.3%
Suffolk University 85% $112,939 $120,993 7.1%
St. John's University 80% $112,365 $111,959 -0.4%
University of Michigan 80% $112,133 $132,473 18.1%
Widener University - Pennsylvania 89% $111,909 $139,229 24.4%
Widener University - Delaware 89% $111,909 $139,229 24.4%
Marquette University 88% $110,147 $134,533 22.1%
Samford University 81% $107,850 $124,106 15.1%
Santa Clara University 83% $106,869 $136,990 28.2%
Washington and Lee University 80% $105,970 $109,422 3.3%
Lewis and Clark College 87% $105,928 $127,064 20%
Mercer University 85% $105,585 $125,301 18.7%
South Texas College of Law Houston 85% $104,862 $113,748 8.5%
Elon Law School 86% $103,059 $132,444 28.5%
University of Tulsa 84% $100,795 $99,305 -1.5%
Gonzaga University 89% $100,092 $121,281 21.2%
Emory University 86% $99,236 $108,690 9.5%
North Carolina Central University 86% $98,948 $58,061 -41.3%
George Mason University 85% $98,087 $126,723 29.2%
Pace University 86% $97,586 $122,180 25.2%
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis 87% $97,238 $100,401 3.3%
St. Mary's University 82% $97,105 $116,782 20.3%
Drexel University 84% $96,780 $91,915 -5%
Quinnipiac University 83% $96,256 $119,956 24.6%
Loyola University Chicago 84% $95,201 $134,968 41.8%
University of Baltimore 83% $94,834 $114,725 21%
University of Richmond 80% $94,200 $110,380 17.2%
Wake Forest University 89% $93,223 $107,532 15.3%
University of Notre Dame 82% $92,310 $111,310 20.6%
University of Oregon 87% $91,353 $105,900 15.9%
University of Minnesota 81% $91,314 $104,733 14.7%
University of Iowa 83% $87,891 $92,373 5.1%
Ave Maria School of Law 87% $87,337 $132,236 51.4%
Ohio State University 83% $81,408 $97,021 19.2%
Washburn University 87% $80,488 $83,396 3.6%
University of Illinois 85% $80,005 $89,852 12.3%
University of Maine 83% $76,533 $101,749 32.9%
University of Nevada - Las Vegas 80% $76,478 $99,678 30.3%
University of Idaho 88% $74,655 $92,732 24.2%
Northern Kentucky University 81% $73,469 $82,989 13%
Louisiana State University 82% $69,462 $89,471 28.8%
University of Missouri - Columbia 87% $69,046 $67,289 -2.5%
University of Dayton 86% $67,856 $113,486 67.2%
University of Memphis 85% $67,074 $78,030 16.3%
Wayne State University 86% $67,029 $79,881 19.2%
University of Colorado 84% $66,554 $116,280 74.7%
University of Connecticut 81% $66,457 $70,139 5.5%
University of Houston 80% $65,802 $88,664 34.7%
University of Tennessee 80% $65,082 $66,201 1.7%
University of North Dakota 86% $64,772 $64,818 0.1%
University of Mississippi 81% $62,012 $73,003 17.7%
University of North Carolina 81% $60,212 $92,475 53.6%
University of Akron 81% $60,149 $82,322 36.9%
West Virginia University 87% $60,074 $84,727 41%
University of Arkansas - Little Rock 84% $59,983 $69,532 15.9%
University of Cincinnati 87% $58,455 $76,663 31.1%
Georgia State University 84% $57,408 $69,822 21.6%
SUNY Buffalo 81% $56,394 $76,010 34.8%
University of New Mexico 87% $54,122 $71,029 31.2%
Northern Illinois University 83% $49,858 $77,182 54.8%
University of Kansas 82% $45,662 $74,890 64%
Florida State University 85% $44,442 $80,375 80.9%
Indiana University - Indianapolis 81% - $96,651 -
University of California - Irvine 81% - $102,891 -
Florida International University 88% - $89,815 -
University of Chicago 75% $127,997 $144,695 13%
Columbia University 76% $126,945 $154,076 21.4%
New York University 74% $125,169 $147,744 18%
Pepperdine University 76% $125,114 $145,525 16.3%
Georgetown University 79% $122,319 $150,529 23.1%
Tulane University 76% $122,197 $140,965 15.4%
Syracuse University 79% $119,769 $129,249 7.9%
Fordham University 67% $119,120 $140,577 18%
Cardozo-Yeshiva University 70% $118,939 $121,644 2.3%
University of Southern California 75% $117,573 $137,163 16.7%
University of Detroit Mercy 67% $117,089 $132,245 12.9%
Chapman University 79% $115,064 $148,429 29%
Vanderbilt University 76% $114,720 $122,327 6.6%
Seton Hall University 75% $112,772 $128,100 13.6%
George Washington University 78% $110,000 $141,346 28.5%
Washington University in St Louis 69% $108,603 $111,345 2.5%
Michigan State University 73% $108,444 $95,494 -11.9%
University of Virginia 78% $107,384 $132,182 23.1%
Southern Methodist University 77% $106,512 $124,617 17%
University of Pennsylvania 74% $105,297 $130,002 23.5%
Stanford University 78% $104,424 $128,137 22.7%
Boston University 66% $103,980 $107,850 3.7%
University of California - Los Angeles 77% $103,956 $121,066 16.5%
Boston College 77% $103,765 $97,006 -6.5%
Mississippi College 78% $102,884 $130,700 27%
Baylor University 71% $100,661 $116,666 15.9%
University of Miami 77% $98,986 $143,845 45.3%
Yale University 77% $98,796 $117,093 18.5%
University of California - Davis 77% $98,179 $93,498 -4.8%
Brooklyn Law School 79% $97,631 $114,953 17.7%
Case Western Reserve University 73% $94,150 $131,724 39.9%
University of California - Berkeley 78% $91,277 $143,546 57.3%
Arizona State University 69% $89,038 $97,431 9.4%
Duquesne University 69% $88,908 $107,496 20.9%
Texas A&M 71% $88,062 $103,500 17.5%
University of Pittsburgh 78% $84,772 $103,461 22%
Chicago-Kent College of Law 77% $84,710 $119,884 41.5%
University of Maryland 74% $83,693 $102,183 22.1%
William and Mary 79% $83,058 $98,487 18.6%
Temple University 74% $82,836 $97,323 17.5%
University of Oklahoma 79% $78,644 $81,789 4%
University of Arizona 78% $78,412 $95,533 21.8%
University of Texas 74% $78,408 $100,868 28.6%
University of Wisconsin 77% $76,845 $79,373 3.3%
University of South Carolina 79% $75,718 $84,590 11.7%
University of The District of Columbia 71% $74,667 $73,175 -2%
University of Georgia 72% $71,283 $88,825 24.6%
CUNY 78% $70,119 $82,415 17.5%
University of Washington 79% $63,393 $105,990 67.2%
University of Florida 79% $62,432 $82,410 32%
Texas Tech University 76% $60,124 $84,272 40.2%
University of Hawaii 71% $58,609 $56,266 -4%
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville 77% $56,358 $63,541 12.7%
Brigham Young University 72% $52,315 $54,203 3.6%
University of Wyoming 79% $51,859 $67,087 29.4%
University of Alabama 66% $49,750 $69,440 39.6%
University of Nebraska 79% $49,706 $62,985 26.7%
University of Kentucky 79% $49,059 $76,746 56.4%
Harvard University 77% - $137,599 -
John Marshall Law School - Atlanta - $123,025 - -
New England School of Law - $108,326 - -
Rutgers State University - Camden - $96,705 - -
Florida A&M University - $86,557 - -
Southern Illinois University - $63,517 - -
Faulkner University - $50,500 - -
Arizona Summit Law School - - - -
Appalachian School of Law - - - -