The 10 Law Schools With The Most Student Debt

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Experts have been telling students this for years.But maybe seeing some hard numbers will help the message sink in.

Law school is shockingly expensive and you will graduate very deeply in debt.

U.S. News and World Report ranked the law schools whose graduates have the highest indebtedness, and the results are pretty staggering.

Even if you don’t go to a top-ranked school, of which most of the following are not, you will be up to your eyeballs in student debt.

So ask yourself when checking out these schools that come with the heaviest debt loads, is it really worth it?

10. Whittier College students graduate with $138,961 in debt.

Costa Mesa, Calif.

Rank: Not ranked

Annual tuition and fees: $39,090

Source: U.S. News & World Report 2011 rankings

9. Pace University students graduate with $139,007 in debt.

New York, N.Y.

Rank: 142

Annual tuition and fees: $40,730

Source: U.S. News & World Report 2011 rankings

8. Northwestern University students graduate with $139,101 in debt.

Chicago, Ill.

Rank: 12

Annual tuition and fees: $51,920

Source: U.S. News & World Report 2011 rankings

7. Catholic University of America (Columbus) students graduate with $142,222 in debt.

Washington D.C.

Rank: 82

Annual tuition and fees: $41,830

Source: U.S. News & World Report 2011 rankings

6. Southwestern Law School students graduate with $142,606 in debt.

Los Angeles, Calif.

Rank: 129

Annual tuition and fees: $42,200

Source: U.S. News & World Report 2011 rankings

5. Phoenix School of Law students graduate with $145,357 in debt.

Phoenix, Ariz.

Rank: Not ranked

Annual tuition and fees: $37,764

Source: U.S. News & World Report 2011 rankings

4. New York Law School students graduate with $146,230 in debt.

New York, N.Y.

Rank: 135

Annual tuition and fees: $47,800

Source: U.S. News & World Report 2011 rankings

3. American University students graduate with $151,318 in debt.

Washington, D.C.

Rank: 49

Annual tuition and fees: $45,096

Source: U.S. News & World Report 2011 rankings

2. Thomas Jefferson School of Law students graduate with $153,006 in debt.

San Diego, Calif.

Rank: Not ranked

Annual tuition and fees: $41,000

Source: U.S. News & World Report 2011 rankings

1. California Western School of Law students graduate with $153,145 in debt.

San Diego, Calif.

Rank: Not ranked

Annual tuition and fees: $42,600

Source: U.S. News & World Report 2011 rankings

Now read on to find out how to avoid debt ...

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