Which law schools' grads have the least amount of debt?
Based on its annual survey, US News & World Report has identified 10 law schools where the average student who took out loans has less than $70,000 of debt.
The survey focuses on 2015 graduates who took on law school debt. Graduates of the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law report the least amount of debt, with an individual average of $54,988. According to ABA employment data (PDF) the class of 2015 had 112 members. Sixty-one had full-time, long-term jobs that required law degrees, and 10 had full-time, long-term jobs that prefer a law degree. A salary survey for 2012 graduates is posted on the school’s website.
At the University of South Dakota School of Law, members of the class of 2015 who borrowed money for their educations had an average of $57,170 in debt. ABA employment data (PDF) reported that out of 61 people in the class of 2015, 34 had full-time, long-term jobs that required law degrees, and 11 had full-time, long-term jobs for which a JD was preferred.
Among the law schools where borrowers from the class of 2015 had less than $70,000 in loan debt include North Carolina Central University School of Law, the The J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and Georgia State University College of Law.