Most Affordable Law Schools: U of Arkansas, U of Alabama and U of Mississippi.
October 29, 2020
According to a compendium of studies and analyses: Average tuition and fees for a private law school during the 2018-2019 school year were $48,869 per year, compared to $40,725 for non-resident law students or $27,591 for residents per year at a public law school. $82,000 plus cost of living is a good ballpark figure for the cost of a law degree. Books can easily cost over $1,000 a semester. An entry-level attorney makes somewhere between $47,000 and$59,000, depending on legal field and where you work. The most affordable law schools are the University of Arkansas, the University of Alabama, and the University of Mississippi. Brigham Young University is also affordable if you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There is a correlation between a school’s ranking and expected starting salary, so a degree from a low ranked school might not be worth the associated cost. The best way to reduce law school costs? Get good grades and qualify for aid. Also, some law schools will offer good students a financial incentive not to transfer.
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