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You are viewing Graduate Debt at ABA-approved law schools grouped by Type of School

The following charts, grouped by Type of School, 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 Type of School 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 $ %
Public Schools $75K
79 schools
84.9% $90K
77 schools
81.9% 20.3% -3%
Private Schools $110K
107 schools
85.3% $128K
103 schools
83.1% 16.5% -2.2%
For-Profit Schools $117K
5 schools
87.2% $143K
4 schools
90.4% 22% 3.2%

Read this chart across each row. For example, average debt at Public Schools increased 20.3% from 2010 to 2014, from $75K to $90K.

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