What Everyone Needs to Know About Financial Aid

The price of Law School has risen dramatically in the past decade and continues to rise each year. Choosing to attend Law School is an investment; an investment in your future occupation as well as a serious financial investment. Not only will you be spending copious amounts of time and energy throughout your professional education, but money as well.

The cost of attending law school varies depending on location as well as the school itself. Tuition may range anywhere from a few thousand to well over $50,000 per year. It is important to know what price range is affordable to you and to acknowledge that most law students graduate with large amounts of debt.

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Law School expenses are not solely based on tuition. It is important to take into consideration the cost of everyday expenditures: housing, food, transportation, books, and other miscellaneous items. According to the LSAC.org website, 80% of law students reported that education loans are their primary form of payment for school.

In order to best become aware of your possible financial requirements for law school, contact the financial office, or view the website, of the schools that you are considering. You can also take advantage of the great financial resources here on campus like the Financial Aid office and Red to Black Financial Counseling.

Further, it is also imperative to know that most law schools prefer that students do not work outside of class the first year. Some prefer you not to work throughout your degree. Thus it is important to consider your lack of income during those years.

Financing your legal education is a difficult task, but it is possible. With the correct research, graduating from the Law School of your choice is financially attainable.

Organizations offering further information on financial help for law school:

Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
662 Penn Street
Newton, PA 18940
(215)968-1001

Council on Legal Educationa lOpportunity (CLEO)
1800 M Street, NW
Suite 160
South Lobby, Washington DC 20036
(202) 785-4840

Equal Justice Works (formerly NAPIL)
2120 L St NW, Suite 450
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 466-3686

Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson St., 14th Floor
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-3360

Earl Warren Legal Training Program
99 Hudson St.
Suite 1600
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-1900

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
634 S. Spring St., 11 th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 629-2512

U.S. Dept. of Education (Indian Graduate Professional Fellowships)
400 Maryland Ave. SW
Room 2177
Mail stop: 6335
Washington, DC 20202
(202) 401-1902