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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

America's First $60k/Year Law School?

Last month, I asked Is UC-Hastings America's Most Expensive Law School?  Its $50,310 nonresident tuition for 2010-11 was higher than that at the top law schools (which ranged from $43,900 to $50,140).  Proposed tuition increases at California's four public law schools would blow the top off and create America's first $60,000/year law school [click on chart to enlarge]:

California Tuition _2009_

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It's been so long that I cant remember exactly, but I seem to recall college was about 3 hours of classtime per week per class, and it was 5 classes a semester. And 30 weeks of total class time per year gives you about 15 hours of class per week * 30 weeks = 450 hours of instruction. So at $50K/year that's about $111/hour of instruction.

Wowza. I'd not have skipped so much class if I were paying those rates.

Posted by: DaMan | Nov 18, 2009 1:12:49 PM

I am so tempted to make a joke about the utter waste that is UC Irvine's new lawschool, but this is so serious and troubling, that I cannot....

Posted by: Wow... | Nov 18, 2009 2:01:13 PM

Just for the record, I'd like to point out that last month's item "Is UC-Hastings America's Most Expensive Law School?" compares apples to oranges, in that it compares Hastings' 2010-11 tuition to the 2009-10 tuition of other schools. Going purely by the numbers in your chart, not only is Hastings not the most expensive law school in America in 2010-11, it is (by a small margin) the least expensive of the five law schools in the University of California system!

Posted by: Evan Lee | Nov 18, 2009 3:24:25 PM