Tuition, Fees, and Expenses (Cost of Attendance)

The charts below show the semester budgets, or Cost of Attendance (COA), for Law School students. The COA includes expenses that are determined by the institution (tuition) and expenses that are flexible based on student choices (room/board, books, travel costs, and personal expenses). These combined tuition and other expenses represent the entire COA. Individual expenses will vary based on student-specific majors, living arrangements, and personal spending decisions. Estimated costs for 2016-17 are listed below.

The first chart below shows the Fall/Spring budget for First Year resident and non-resident Law School students taking 30 hours during 2016-17 (16 credit hours in the fall/14 credit hours in the spring).

First Year Student*

First Year Student*
ExpensesResidentNon-Resident
Tuition & Fees$33,995$50,480
Books & Supplies$1,294$1,294
Room & Board$12,620$12,620
Travel$1,490$1,490
Misc.$3,950$3,950
Loan fees$1,090$1,360
Total$54,439$71,194

Students enrolled in joint degree programs: please visit the graduate dual degree program tuition tables.

The next chart below shows the Fall/Spring budget for continuing resident and non-resident Law School students taking 28 hours during 2016-17.

Continuing Student*

Continuing Student*
ExpensesResidentNon-Resident
Tuition & Fees$32,538$48,312
Books & Supplies$1,294$1,294
Room & Board$12,620$12,620
Travel$1,490$1,490
Misc.$3,950$3,950
Loan fees$1,090$1,360
Total$52,982$69,026

*Tuition, fees and charges are subject to change by administrative, legislative or regent action, and changes become effective on the date enacted. The following tuition information should be used only as a guideline for estimating charges.

The tuition and fees will vary depending upon when you first started law school. Please refer to the law tuition table online.

The Dollars and Sense Web site contains important information about tuition: how rates are set, tuition costs, and how tuition is used.

NOTE: Federal regulations will NOT permit you to borrow funds in excess of the total amount of your Cost of Attendance budget less any scholarships or grants.

Your budget may be adjusted upward for:

  • Student health insurance premium,
  • Unexpected medical expenses not covered by insurance,
  • Supervised childcare expenses for children 12 years of age and under, and/or
  • Cost of a laptop computer.

Your budget may NOT be adjusted for:

  • Spousal maintenance expenses;
  • Dependent maintenance expenses;
  • The cost of owning and insuring a car; or
  • Credit card payments.

The COA is determined annually considering survey and consumer price data. These figures represent the typical expenses incurred by students; however, there may be special circumstances that warrant an evaluation of individual costs. Any requests for budget adjustments must be made in writing to the Office of Financial Aid and will require additional documentation. Keep in mind that financial aid is intended to cover only educational expenses of individual students, not of  students’ family members. Students who have spouses or domestic partners and/or children should understand that financial aid cannot replace or supplement the earnings of spouses or domestic partners.