Law schools are still increasing tuition even though the number of people applying to law school has dropped dramatically.
The National Law Journal reports the average tuition for law school will increase this year by more than double the rate of inflation in the country. The average, annual private school tuition is $40,585, a 4 percent increase from last year. Tuition for in-state students attending public law schools will increase 6 percent this fall to an average of $23,590 annually.
(On the other hand, law schools are giving out more scholarship money, the Wall Street Journal recently reported.)
The Law Journal examined the reported tuition rates at law schools across the country. Locally, law school tuition rates vary; The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law had the highest tuition increase, at 19 percent. On the other hand, the school has one of the lowest tuition payments in the country — $11,265.
The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law raised tuition 3 percent this year despite freezing it last year.
“It’s hard to do a tuition freeze,” dean Phoebe Haddon told the Law Journal. “I don’t think any program can stay flat for long. Costs continue to go up, and they have to be paid somehow.”