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You are viewing Graduate Debt at ABA-approved law schools

The following chart shows 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.

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 $ %
All Schools $95K
191 schools
85.2% $112K
184 schools
82.7% 17.6% -2.5%

Read this chart across each row. For example, average debt at all schools increased 17.6% from 2010 to 2014, from $95K to $112K.

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