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Which law schools charge the most and least?

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Columbia University’s law school had the highest annual tuition among 99 private law schools ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

The law school charged $62,700, according to U.S. News & World Report. The lowest-cost of the 99 private law schools, on the other hand, was Brigham Young University’s Clark Law School, which charged only $23,940. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints got an even bigger break; they were charged only $11,970.

Among public law schools, the University of Virginia School of Law was most expensive for in-state students, with tuition of $54,000. Least expensive was the University of North Dakota School of Law, which charged in-state tuition of $11,161.

The public law school with the most expensive tuition for out-of-state students was the University of Connecticut School of Law, which charged $57,852. The lowest priced was the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, which charged $22,402.

Overall the average tuition is $45,467 at 99 ranked private law schools, $25,890 for in-state students at 80 ranked public law schools, and $38,885 for out-of-state students at the ranked public law schools.

The U.S. News article contrasts tuition with median starting salaries for law grads in 2014. Only 30 of 182 law schools that submitted data reported that their 2014 graduates had median starting salaries of more than $100,000 in private sector jobs.

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