UCLA School of Law Announces Tuition Guarantee for Entering J.D. Students

March 9, 2016 – UCLA School of Law has established a tuition guarantee for entering California resident students who begin a Juris Doctor (J.D.) program this fall by committing to making only very minimal tuition and mandatory fee increases for the next three years.  Costs of tuition and fees are guaranteed for next year’s entering class, for academic years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19. 

"We take very seriously student concerns about the cost of a legal education, and we are deeply committed to both excellence and access." said UCLA School of Law Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin.  "I’m proud that we offer an absolutely stellar legal education at a lower cost than virtually all of our peer schools.  We hope this guarantee will provide a framework for students to accurately assess the total costs of their legal education over the full three years."

UCLA School of Law will guarantee that, for the class matriculating next fall, tuition and mandatory fees for California residents will not exceed the following amounts over the next three academic years:

Academic Year                       Maximum Cost

2016-17                                   $45,500

2017-18                                   $46,000

2018-19                                   $46,500

The average annual rate of tuition increase for most top-tier law schools over the last several years has been between 3% and 5% per year, according to data obtained from the Law School Transparency website in February 2016.  Assuming this trend continues, the projected three-year tuition gap between UCLA School of Law’s guaranteed tuition and the tuition costs at other top law schools over three years will be substantial, often in the $40,000 - $55,000 range.

Although students who are not currently California residents must pay a higher amount in their first year, most U.S. residents are able to qualify for California resident tuition in their second and third years of law school and would be able to take advantage of the guarantee at that time.

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