Law School Tuition by 2022 Bar Results
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.
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|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%||$37K26 schools$15,648 - $68,500||$63K34 schools$29,272 - $78,278||$35K26 schools$18,626 - $63,200||$58K34 schools$26,900 - $72,360|
|Bar Pass Rate 75% - 84.9%||$30K29 schools$17,167 - $54,183||$53K21 schools$37,364 - $68,462||$28K29 schools$14,114 - $49,456||$48K21 schools$34,050 - $62,408|
|Bar Pass Rate 60% - 74.9%||$24K22 schools$9,689 - $46,034||$50K36 schools$28,541 - $66,554||$23K22 schools$7,900 - $45,474||$46K36 schools$26,028 - $60,970|
|Bar Pass Rate < 60%||$23K10 schools$13,438 - $40,488||$45K18 schools$15,665 - $58,350||$23K10 schools$13,886 - $42,616||$42K18 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.