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You are viewing Graduate Debt at ABA-approved law schools grouped by Risk Level

The following charts, grouped by Risk Level, show change in average debt between 2010 and 2014. Risk level is determined by the 25th Percentile LSAT score for students who entered in 2014. Schools that are either "Extreme," "Very High," or "High" risk are "Serious Risk." More on risk levels.

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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. Risk level is determined by the 25th Percentile LSAT score for students who entered in 2014. Schools that are either "Extreme," "Very High," or "High" risk are "Serious Risk." More on risk levels.

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

Grouped by Risk Level 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 $ %
Minimal Risk $97K
49 schools
81.5% $116K
51 schools
77.8% 19.5% -3.7%
Low Risk $91K
31 schools
84.5% $107K
31 schools
81.8% 17% -2.7%
Modest Risk $87K
40 schools
84.7% $99K
39 schools
82.7% 13.9% -2%
High Risk $102K
28 schools
87.2% $117K
28 schools
86.4% 14.4% -0.8%
Very High Risk $104K
19 schools
88.2% $121K
17 schools
85.5% 16.4% -2.7%
Extreme Risk $96K
24 schools
89.5% $123K
18 schools
90.1% 27.9% 0.6%
Serious Risk Schools $101K
71 schools
88.3% $120K
63 schools
87.2% 19% -1.1%
Other Schools $92K
120 schools
83.3% $108K
121 schools
80.4% 17.3% -2.9%

Read this chart across each row. For example, average debt at schools with Minimal Risk increased 19.5% from 2010 to 2014, from $97K to $116K.

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