Law School by the Numbers


From time to time we take a look at the numbers around law schools, whether enrollment, default rates, or job-placement statistics. While we normally throw out some goofy numbers, this week we start off our latest set with a few basics.

$50,275. Tuition for students enrolling at Yale Law School in 2011.

$41,070. Tuition for full-time students at the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College for 2011-12.

$12,000. Cost of tuition and books for the California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, a new law school opening in September 2012.

$100,000. Law school’s cost of a tenured professor’s time spent pursuing publication of one law review article.

559. Total number of first-year students enrolled at Harvard Law School for the 2011-12 academic year.

210. Total full-time student enrollment of all students at the University of South Dakota School of Law (2010).

$144,000. Average indebtedness of a 2010 graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, California.

$18,000. Average indebtedness of a 2010 graduate of Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

$15,799. Average credit card debt per household in the U.S., among those with credit card debt.

18.1. Percent of 2010 Harvard Law School graduates employed in a judicial clerkship by an Article III federal judge.

18.0. Percent of 2010 law school graduates from the University of Washington in Seattle employed in a judicial clerkship by an Article III federal judge.

4.8. Percent of 2010 graduates from the Liberty University School of Law employed in a judicial clerkship by an Article III federal judge

3.0. Percent of 2010 graduates from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law employed in a judicial clerkship by an Article III federal judge.

18. Overall rank of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law by U.S. News & World Report.

30. Overall rank of University of Washington School of Law (Seattle) by U.S. News & World Report.

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4 Comments

  1. Ellen

    September 27, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I really wanted to get a Federal judicieal clearkship when I graduated, but I only got one interview and it was to late b/c he already hired sombody. Fooey!

  2. Evil Lawyer

    September 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Despite your looks! Imagine that.

    • Guano Dubango

      September 28, 2011 at 5:55 am

      I would consider bedding this woman, although she does not sound smart enough for my Aunt Ooona.

  3. Evil Lawyer

    September 28, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Smart? She’s so dense as a rock dumb its nearly impossible to believe she passed any state’s bar. And apparently she doesn’t put out either. Look elsewhere Lord Guano!

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