October 26, 2009
Is UC-Hastings America's Most Expensive Law School?Brian Leiter has posted this memo from UC-Hastings, reporting that nonresident tuition and mandatory fees will increase next academic year to $50,310 due to state budget cuts. That figure is higher than the current tuition and fees at the Top 10 law schools (although some law school websites may not list all of the mandatory fees):
- Yale ($50,140)
- Columbia ($49,642)
- Northwestern ($49,563)
- UC-Berkeley ($48,153)
- NYU ($47,452)
- Duke ($47,000)
- Chicago ($46,737)
- Penn ($46,514)
- Stanford ($46,341)
- Michigan ($46,270)
- Georgetown ($45,460)
- Harvard ($43,900)
- Virginia ($43,900)
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wow. after that kind of outlay, I hope there are jobs waiting for the grads....
Posted by: Jim,MtnViewCA,USA | Oct 26, 2009 3:12:49 PM
While California has been hit hard by the recession, a more careful read of the memo being cited shows that the $50,310 figure is actually the total fee for a nonresident student (most only having that status for a one-year period). Total fees for residents (including health insurance and miscellaneous fees) for next year will be $39,085. With the increase, Hastings will still be the lowest cost public law school in California, 6% below the average charged by the other UC institutions. Still a hefty price, but clearly not America's Most Expensive Law School.
Posted by: David Seward | Oct 26, 2009 6:13:30 PM
I think maybe this is what they mean by "PINO" (public in name only) law schools.
Posted by: mike livingston | Oct 26, 2009 7:12:43 PM
UC Hastings is located in the heart of San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the USA. It also has one of the largest legal education opportunity programs for minorities, and has one of the most diverse, if not THE most diverse, student bodies in the nation.
Posted by: basil plastiras | Oct 30, 2009 1:30:41 PM
Just checked with UC Hastings administration, and confirmed that 80% of their students receive financial aid.
Posted by: basil plastiras | Oct 30, 2009 1:47:26 PM
Lastly, the $50310 quoted includes health coverage and accident and sickness insurance, at a cost of $3000. It is not clear whether the tuition quoted for other law schools includes these fees and charges. In any event, UC Hastings tuition for California residents will be $36,085 and out-of-state students will pay an additional $11,225. Most 2nd year students are, by then, California residents, and qualify for instate tuition.
Posted by: basil plastiras | Oct 30, 2009 4:31:11 PM