Law Schools with the Highest Tuition & Fees

$43,313 Average Tuition & Fees

The tuition & fees at law schools is usually higher than the costs for regular undergraduate and graduate programs. Students may be supported by federal, state, and/or institutional scholarship program, but still the tuition and other costs are important consideration when choosing law schools to apply and enroll.
For the academic year 2023-2024, the average tuition fees at public law schools is $30,198 for state residents and $43,313 for out-of-state. In private law schools, the average tuition & fees is $55,993. The average living costs including room & boards, books, and other personal expenses is $21,765. With the living expenses, the law school cost of attendance (COA) is $77,758 based on private school rate.

Highest Law School Tuition & Fees

Among law schools in United States, Columbia Law School has the highest tuition & fees of $81,292. New York University School of Law and Gould School of Law follow it with $80,014 and $78,038 respectively. It is based on out-of-state rate and exclude law schools in Puerto Rico.

Top 25 Expensive Law Schools

The following table lists the top 25 Expensive Law Schools.
The average acceptance rate of the schools is 40.93% and the yield is 31.46%. The average LSAT score submitted by enrolled students is 158 and the average GPA is 3.58 at Expensive Law Schools.
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RankSchoolTuition & Fees (2024)Living CostsAcceptance RateLSAT ScoreGPAEnrollmentBar Exam Pass Rate
1 Columbia Law SchoolPrivateNew York, NY$81,292$32,41911.93%1733.871,78393.72%
2 New York University School of LawPrivateNew York, NY$80,014$29,44415.65%1723.882,13694.90%
3 Gould School of LawPrivateLos Angeles, CA$78,038$27,47412.70%1683.871,52189.00%
4 University of Chicago Law SchoolPrivateChicago, IL$77,877$28,34814.24%1733.9170394.26%
5 Cornell Law SchoolPrivateIthaca, NY$77,593$26,71617.44%1723.8796490.31%
6 University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolPrivatePhiladelphia, PA$76,934$24,7889.74%1723.901,08893.77%
7 Georgetown University Law CenterPrivateWashington, DC$75,950$32,25017.64%1713.863,04291.63%
8 Duke University School of LawPrivateDurham, NC$75,618$24,60810.74%1703.8589893.52%
9 Harvard Law SchoolPrivateCambridge, MA$75,008$31,87210.06%1743.922,02998.46%
10 Berkeley School of LawPublicBerkeley, CA$74,995$36,83412.47%1703.831,34993.35%
11 Northwestern Pritzker School of LawPrivateChicago, IL$74,552$25,32015.05%1713.891,35492.89%
12 University of Virginia School of LawPublicCharlottesville, VA$74,200$27,17012.88%1713.9495095.36%
13 Yale Law SchoolPrivateNew Haven, CT$73,865$21,4505.72%1753.9473695.77%
14 Stanford Law SchoolPrivateStanford, CA$73,713$31,8416.88%1733.9269094.41%
15 University of Michigan Law SchoolPublicAnn Arbor, MI$72,584$24,14413.51%1713.831,01995.48%
16 Fordham University School of LawPrivateNew York, NY$72,282$33,21018.79%1673.721,56989.03%
17 Vanderbilt University Law SchoolPrivateNashville, TN$72,184$31,61814.53%1703.9058692.05%
18 St. John's University School of LawPrivateQueens, NY$71,664$29,74437.45%1533.3681885.53%
19 Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawPrivateNew York, NY$70,646$31,13033.80%1643.761,05683.45%
20 Brooklyn Law SchoolPrivateBrooklyn, NY$70,356$28,75046.22%1603.541,21176.44%
21 The George Washington University Law SchoolPrivateWashington, DC$69,740$30,26025.00%1683.841,96886.05%
22 Hofstra University School of LawPrivateHempstead, NY$68,860$33,11844.74%1563.5890969.41%
23 Los Angeles School of LawPublicLos Angeles, CA$68,700$30,07915.50%1713.901,33592.47%
24 Notre Dame Law SchoolPrivateNotre Dame, IL$68,554$24,19024.58%1683.8155492.72%
25 Irvine School of LawPublicIrvine, CA$68,190$24,29119.45%1673.7251984.40%