Karen Sloan (Law.com), Big Tuition Hikes Loom at University of California's 4 Law Schools:
Going to a public law school in California is poised to get significantly more expensive—especially for out-of-state students.
The University of California Board of Regents is set to vote Jan. 22 on proposed tuition increases at the four law schools within its system that, on average, would hike the amount of their so-called professional degree supplemental tuition by 17% between 2020 and 2023 and ultimately widen the gap between what California residents and nonresidents pay.
The increases would apply to students at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law; the University of California, Davis School of Law; the University of California, Irvine School of Law; and the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. The University of California Hastings College of the Law is the state’s fifth public law school, but it operates independently of the University of California system and its tuition and budget is not set by the Board of Regents.
Under the proposal, tuition and fees at Berkeley Law, currently at $52,500 for California residents and $55,000 for nonresidents, according to university documents, will increase to $63,000 and $75,500, respectively, by 2023.
For UC Irvine, in-state tuition and fees would increase 27% from the current $47,485 to $60,604 by 2023. Meanwhile, nonresident tuition would rise 36% to $72,849 over that same period.
UC Davis would see a smaller increase, with resident tuition climbing nearly 13% to $55,735 by 2023 and nonresident tuition also increasing 13% to $66,095 during that time.
UCLA Law’s tuition is only covered through 2021 under the current proposal, but its resident tuition would increase 10% from the current $47,989 to $53,207 for California residents over those two years. Meanwhile, nonresident tuition would increase nearly 14% to $61,477.