While the average tuition at top performing schools is much higher than the rest, prices do not scale with job 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 2019-2020 for ABA-Approved law schools grouped by job outcomes in 2021. It also reflects the average three-year tuition paid by 2021 graduates.
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|Grouped by 2021 Job Outcomes1||Average Annual TuitionFall 2019 to Spring 2020||Average Three-Year Tuition TotalFall 2018 to Spring 2021|
|Public Schools||Private Schools||Public Schools||Private Schools|
|≥ 90% Legal Job Rate||$48K3 schools$19,894 - $63,200||$67K8 schools$60,750 - $72,360||$95K3 schools$39,602 - $123,900||$132K8 schools$118,308 - $142,276|
|75% - 89.9% Legal Job Rate||$30K41 schools$14,114 - $52,016||$52K42 schools$26,028 - $67,998||$59K41 schools$27,291 - $101,964||$103K42 schools$51,282 - $133,802|
|60% - 74.9% Legal Job Rate||$27K31 schools$14,770 - $53,212||$46K40 schools$30,200 - $66,128||$52K31 schools$30,617 - $103,804||$91K40 schools$59,360 - $130,395|
|50% - 59.9% Legal Job Rate||$28K7 schools$22,254 - $42,616||$47K11 schools$37,920 - $54,310||$56K7 schools$42,672 - $91,216||$93K11 schools$75,416 - $106,780|
|40% - 49.9% Legal Job Rate||$19K1 schools||$47K6 schools$36,500 - $52,580||$36K1 schools||$93K6 schools$72,000 - $105,120|
|30% - 39.9% Legal Job Rate||$15K2 schools$13,886 - $16,196||-0 schools||$31K2 schools$27,562 - $34,934||-0 schools|
|< 30% Legal Job Rate||$11K2 schools$7,900 - $14,134||$16K2 schools$15,510 - $16,696||$21K2 schools$15,752 - $26,972||$32K2 schools$32,155 - $32,434|
The following chart plots the previous chart's underlying data, except schools with a legal job rate below 20%.
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.