Law School Costs
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 2021. It also reflects the average three-year tuition paid by 2021 graduates.
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|Grouped by 2021
Bar Exam Outcomes1
|Average Annual TuitionFall 2022 to Spring 2023||Average Three-Year Tuition TotalFall 2018 to Spring 2021|
|Public Schools||Private Schools||Public Schools||Private Schools|
|Bar Pass Rate ≥ 85%||$37K26 schools$18,994 - $68,500||$64K35 schools$29,272 - $78,278||$68K26 schools$39,602 - $123,900||$115K35 schools$53,020 - $142,276|
|Bar Pass Rate 75% - 84.9%||$30K28 schools$9,689 - $56,774||$54K31 schools$39,696 - $68,462||$57K28 schools$27,291 - $103,804||$97K31 schools$74,880 - $122,348|
|Bar Pass Rate 60% - 74.9%||$24K28 schools$15,993 - $41,130||$47K28 schools$28,541 - $66,554||$47K28 schools$30,617 - $91,216||$86K28 schools$51,282 - $120,184|
|Bar Pass Rate < 60%||$16K5 schools$10,055 - $21,555||$44K15 schools$15,665 - $57,496||$32K5 schools$15,752 - $45,328||$83K15 schools$32,155 - $105,120|
The following chart plots the previous chart's underlying data.
About the 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.