Cost of attendance
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Law School Tuition by 2022 Bar Results
For decades, nominal tuition has significantly outpaced inflation. Students pay much more for elite schools, but price does not scale with outcomes for the rest.
While the average tuition at top performing schools is much higher than the rest, prices do not scale with bar exam outcomes elsewhere. The average tuition at the lowest performing schools is similar to the average for mid-range schools. The following chart reflects the average nominal tuition prices in 2022-2023 for ABA-Approved law schools grouped by bar exam outcomes in 2022. It also reflects the average three-year tuition paid by 2022 graduates.
|Grouped by 2022
Bar Exam Outcomes1
|Average Annual TuitionFall 2022 to Spring 2023||Average Three-Year Tuition TotalFall 2019 to Spring 2022|
|Public Schools||Private Schools||Public Schools||Private Schools|
|Bar Pass Rate ≥ 85%||$37K 26 schools $15,648 - $68,500||$63K 34 schools $29,272 - $78,278||$35K 26 schools $18,626 - $63,200||$58K 34 schools $26,900 - $72,360|
|Bar Pass Rate 75% - 84.9%||$30K 29 schools $17,167 - $54,183||$53K 21 schools $37,364 - $68,462||$28K 29 schools $14,114 - $49,456||$48K 21 schools $34,050 - $62,408|
|Bar Pass Rate 60% - 74.9%||$24K 22 schools $9,689 - $46,034||$50K 36 schools $28,541 - $66,554||$23K 22 schools $7,900 - $45,474||$46K 36 schools $26,028 - $60,970|
|Bar Pass Rate < 60%||$23K 10 schools $13,438 - $40,488||$45K 17 schools $15,665 - $58,350||$23K 10 schools $13,886 - $42,616||$42K 17 schools $15,510 - $54,310|
The following chart plots the previous chart's underlying data.
School-specific tuition and job outcome data come from the American Bar Association. The job outcome groups are based on the legal job rate. The rate's denominator is total graduates and its numerator includes only jobs that are long term (a job with an indefinite duration or fixed duration of 1 year or more), full time (at least 35 hours per week), and bar passage required (job requires a law license). LST chose the breakpoints for the job outcome groups and uses normal averages rather than weighted averages for the group averages.