Law Schools

These law schools are tops for median private-sector pay exceeding student debt


Money tower.

Prospective law students who hope to earn more in a year than their law school debt should consider these law schools with the highest salary-debt ratios.

U.S. News & World Report compiled a list of 10 schools, using the median starting salary of 2014 law graduates who work in the private sector. The top five of those are:

1) University of Texas at Austin (with a median private sector salary of $160,000 and average student debt of $100,868)

2) University of Alabama (with a median private sector salary of $105,000 and average student debt of $69,440)

3) Boston College (with a median private sector salary of $145,000 and average student debt of $97,006)

4) Brigham Young University (with a median private sector salary of $79,813 and average student debt of $54,203)

5) University of Wisconsin at Madison (with a median private sector salary of $115,000 and average student debt of $79,373)

Above the Law notes the ranking, while cautioning that the salary-debt ratio doesn’t tell the whole story. Fewer graduates at some schools report their salaries, and some schools send more graduates into private practice than others.


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