JD Tuition and Expenses

Law school is a significant investment in a student’s professional future. As a public law school on a land-grant university campus, the College of Law is committed to educational accessibility, affordability, and strong return on investment. The College offers an extensive number of scholarships – including full-tuition and half-tuition scholarships – for students who show particular promise for success in the study and practice of law. The College also offers a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to graduates who choose careers within government and non-profit organizations.

The Illinois Tuition Guarantee

The costs of attending law school have risen considerably in recent years. To provide students with complete transparency with respect to educational costs, the College will guarantee J.D. students a frozen tuition rate over all three years of their legal studies.

The chart below includes tuition, fees, and estimated living expenses for the 2016-17 academic year.

Living and other expenses are estimated for a student who will be living off-campus while attending the College of Law, and the budget is based on a nine-month estimate.

Expenses for Academic Year 2016 – 2017

Tuition $38,250 $46,000
Fees $3,925 $3,925
Room and Board $13,710 $13,710
Books and Supplies $1,800 $1,800
Other Expenses $2,750 $3,090
Total Cost of Attendance $60,435 $68,525

Residency is determined by the Office of Admissions and Records (OAR) which bases its decision on whether the applicant has lived in Illinois for 12 months prior to matriculation in a program or whether one of the student's parents resides in Illinois. Admitted students may petition for residency in the state of Illinois; residency is determined by the University's Office of Admissions and Records.

Tuition and Fee Refunds

Tuition and fee refunds are managed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Please reference the Refund Schedule on the Office of the Registrar website for more information.

Computer Recommendations

Although the ownership of any computer will satisfy the academic need, notebook computers using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating systems offer more utility and value for students at the College of Law than do desktop computers or notebooks with other operating systems.