19 Most Affordable Law Schools In America
From its very foundation, education has been thought of in Horace’s Mann’s own words as “the great equalizer of the conditions of men, – the balance wheel of the social machinery”. In order words, it was meant to bridge the disparate economic gulf between the social classes, the lower class and the upper class and to provide a level playing field where both can compete and improve upon their respective fortunes in kind measures. And this perhaps remains the main motivation for why many today flock into the lecture halls of the academe (and who of us can resist the allure of a six figure salary and the other perks that only the best of education could guarantee). However, by today’s standard, that has long ceased to be the case, as education is fast becoming elitist with every passing day – a pursuit now almost within the exclusive preserve of those with the money bags.
This trend has quite affected legal education in every country of the world with the United States being at the very frontier of this tectonic sea change. In the US legal education is exorbitant and by graduation nearly a half of law students have run up debts upwards of $200,000 in getting their JD from any top tier US law school in the hope that they can finance these mammoth student debts upon employment after graduation. But given the rather moribund state of the legal market where lawyers are a dime a dozen and the supply of legal services being far in excess of demand, only a handful manage to secure modest jobs that are capable of financing these albatross-like student debts. Even a recent article by the New York Times sought to capture this situation with the title “Expensive Degree and No Place To Use It’. But like I’ve always said, these happenings alarming as they aren’t sufficient enough to spur anyone to jettison their lifelong dream of becoming lawyers. If you are reading this article and still wondering how you’d afford this mammoth law school tuition, then I suggest you stop worrying right now because you can actually go through law school without incurring a mountain-sized student debt. You could do this simply by applying to other well-ranked, affordable and still yet competitive US law schools. At these law schools, tuition costs less, and you also get a great law school experience.
|University of Alabama||$19,660|
|University Of Arkansas Fayetteville||$12,515|
|Louisiana State University||$18,618|
|University of Nebraska||$14,363|
|University of South Dakota||$13,288|
|Brigham Young University||$10,950|
|University of Kentucky||$19,404|
|Georgia State University||$15,154|
|Florida State University||$19,731|
|William and Mary Law School||$27,800|
|University of Georgia||$18,058|
|University of New Mexico||$15,098|
|University of Mississippi||$11,294|
|North Carolina Central University Law School||$9,961|
|Southern University Law Center (LA)||$9,238|
|CUNY Law School (NY)||$11,952|
|University of Kansas School of Law||$15,561|
|University of Montana School of Law||$11,062|
|University of the District of Columbia, Clarke School of Law||$8,850|
A youngish lawyer with penetrating insight, Patrick Herbert is the Editor-in-Chief and founder of Lawstudenthub, a site dedicated to helping new wigs find their footing in a trickily slippery legal profession and stay current with emerging developments in the legal industry. He holds an LL.B from the University of Benin and a BL from the Nigerian Law School, Abuja.
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