The 10 Most Expensive Law Schools In America

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This is part of our comprehensive ranking of The Best Law Schools in America.Law school costs a lot of money. Period.

But when you’re factoring in the cost of law school, it’s not the tuition alone—which costs an average of $40,585 per year—that you have to consider.

You also have to think about everything from the cost of health insurance to books, a computer, and other supplies. Then there are the hidden fees that you probably don’t factor in, like loan fees, transportation, business attire, and networking costs (taking people out to lunch, attending conferences, and more).

Add in the cost of living (which can be quite high in a city like New York), and you’ve got yourself a lot of debt.

We looked at each school’s total cost estimate for one year of law school—most of which assume that students are living a very modest lifestyle—and then added in some extra costs that the schools seem to have forgotten to include, like loan fees, computers, and more.

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title=”#10 New York Law School”
content=”Tuition: $47,600

Living, Transportation & Personal Expenses: $22,086

Health Insurance: $2,000

Books, Supplies & Computer: $3,300

Miscellaneous Fees (including program fees, administrative fees, and loan fees): $1,830

Total: $74,986″
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title=”#9 USC Gould School of Law”
content=”Tuition: $50,638

Living, Transportation & Personal Expenses: $20,204

Health Insurance: $1,288

Books, Supplies & Computer: $3,990

Miscellaneous Fees (including program fees, administrative fees, and loan fees): $3,080

Total: $76,120″
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title=”#8 Stanford Law School”
content=”Tuition: $48,870

Living, Transportation & Personal Expenses: $20,187

Health Insurance: $3,384

Books, Supplies & Computer: $3,950

Miscellaneous Fees (including program fees, administrative fees, and loan fees): $1,600

Total: $76,391″
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title=”#7 Cornell University Law School”
content=”Tuition: $55,220

Living, Transportation & Personal Expenses: $16,250

Health Insurance: $2,110

Books, Supplies & Computer: $3,100

Miscellaneous Fees (including program fees, administrative fees, and loan fees): $0

Total: $76,680″
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title=”#6 Northwestern University School of Law”
content=”Tuition: $53,168

Living, Transportation & Personal Expenses: $18,234

Health Insurance: $2,842

Books, Supplies & Computer: $3,418

Miscellaneous Fees (including program fees, administrative fees, and loan fees): $1,966

Total: $77,662″
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title=”#5 NYU Law School”
content=”Tuition: $51,150

Living, Transportation & Personal Expenses: $21,720

Health Insurance: $2,356

Books, Supplies & Computer: $3,500

Miscellaneous Fees (including program fees, administrative fees, and loan fees): $1,386

Total: $78,726″
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title=”#4 Brooklyn Law School”
content=”Tuition: $49,976

Living, Transportation & Personal Expenses: $24,030

Health Insurance: $2,041

Books, Supplies & Computer: $3,300

Miscellaneous Fees (including program fees, administrative fees, and loan fees): $25

Total: $79,347″
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title=”#3 Fordham University School of Law”
content=”Tuition: $48,900

Living, Transportation & Personal Expenses: $24,624

Health Insurance: $2,741

Books, Supplies & Computer: $3,772

Miscellaneous Fees (including program fees, administrative fees, and loan fees): $626

Total: $80,037″
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title=”#2 Harvard Law School”
content=”Tuition: $49,950

Living, Transportation & Personal Expenses: $24,650

Health Insurance: $3,493

Books, Supplies & Computer: $3,200

Miscellaneous Fees (including program fees, administrative fees, and loan fees): $205

Total: $81,293″
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title=”#1 Columbia Law School”
content=”Tuition: $53,636

Living, Transportation & Personal Expenses: $19,894

Health Insurance: $2,981

Books, Supplies & Computer: $3,520

Miscellaneous Fees (including program fees, administrative fees, and loan fees): $1,133

Total: $81,950″
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title=”Which schools are really worth the cost (and which aren’t)?”
content=”These are 8 Law Schools You Shouldn’t Waste Your Money On >
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