Paul L. Caron

Friday, January 8, 2021

Muller: Law School-Specific Debt Disparities Between Men And Women

Following up on my previous post, Law Schools With The Best And Worst Debt-To-Income Ratios Among Recent Graduates:  Derek Muller (Iowa), Some Data on Law School-Specific Debt Load Disparities Between Men and Women:

The ever-valuable LSSSE data recently noted that women tend to graduate from law school with higher debt loads than men. The ABA has tracked this, too. On the heels of recent Department of Education data disclosures, however, we can drill down on law school-specific figures. ...

I looked at mean debt data for males and non-males. (That’s how the DOE codes the data—I assume the vast majority of non-males are females, but it could include non-binary individuals, and I’ll formally use the DOE coding.) Unsurprisingly (given the aggregate figures from LSSSE & ABA, among others), there are more schools where the mean debt loads for non-males are greater than the mean debt loads for males. At about half the schools, the debt ratios are close to parity—of the 208 schools in my data set, about 100 have a mean debt load of less than a $5000 difference between the sexes.

But I found 72 schools where average debt incurred was at least $5000 more among non-males than males. ... On the other side, there were 35 schools where average debt incurred was at least $5000 more among males than non-males.

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