Law School Cost

How much does law school cost?

The law is an area that many of us have a yearning to work in but is notoriously expensive to study for. The cost of the average law school varies from place to place and course to course, and you may find big variations in the way the course is structured and run. In general, the cost of studying law is considerably higher than many similarly esteemed subjects thanks to the length of time required to qualify.

General Cost

• Studying law is not a simple decision – you will need a bachelor’s degree to begin with, you will have to score highly in the necessary admissions test, and you will need to present a firm plan to prove you can pay for the three years tuition.
• Public law school fees can range between $15000 and $35000 per year – more information can be found on the available schools here -
• Private law schools – and there are many to choose from – will charge on average a slightly higher fee, but some can actually be cheaper overall than the more expensive public law schools.
• Non residents may, as with many courses, pay more and it may be worth staying in your local area despite the level of cost compared to the cheapest schools.

Extra Cost

• Living expenses are the most expensive part of the additional costs of studying law; budget between $5000 to $20000 per year for room rental.
• Living is, naturally, more expensive in places such as New York, California and New Jersey – three of the most expensive areas for on-campus housing.
• Books will cost a great deal over the course of your law school training – allow for at least $1500 per year for this.
• Insurance is vital especially in terms of health insurance and that covering belongings in your accommodation – allow at least $1000 per year for this.
• Check with your chosen or preferred institution with regard to tuition insurance requirements.


• Make sure you fully investigate the relative costs of different institutions, and factor in the living costs in that location too.
• Consider buying second hand books from those who no longer need them.


• Check out the possibilities of financial aid – certain students qualify for grants and assistance – the college website and advice centre will help you.
• Check out, in the same way, any options for scholarships – these can be found in many places and are a great help.
• Use the plentiful information on the internet to your advantage.

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