Tuition is an essential expense that can be significantly reduced through financial aid programs. Students should consider all possible options to pay for law school, including grants and scholarships, federal student loans (recommended), and private loans.
The most important step is to plan ahead and budget for tuition costs. MU offers numerous resources to help you do just that. Our Thrifty Budget is a great place to start and can help you get a clearer picture of the cost of law school. Additionally, we recommend that you try to rid yourself of consumer debt prior to attending law school. This will allow you to enter law school with a lower debt load and will reduce the amount you may need to borrow post-graduation.
Another option is to take advantage of a law school’s in-state tuition rates for domestic students. Many schools, including the top-ranked schools, offer in-state tuition to students who can prove they are California residents by signing a long-term lease, filing a CA income tax return and/or registering to vote in California. UC schools, for example, offer in-state tuition to students after their second year of law school if they meet the residency requirements.
Many private firms offer tuition reimbursement programs that can cover or nearly all of a student’s law school expenses. These programs can be a great way to make the cost of law school more manageable, especially for those who intend to practice in a niche area where salaries tend to be lower than those in other legal specialties. Law Tuition