UCLA Law’s Tuition Guarantee

At UCLA Law, we anticipate making only very small increases in our tuition and mandatory fees over the next three years. To enable our incoming students to rely on this expectation, we are pleased to guarantee that our tuition and mandatory fees for California residents will not exceed specified maximum amounts for the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years for JD students who matriculate in fall 2016.1

Academic
Year
Projected Tuition and Fees
(California Residents) 
Guaranteed Maximum Tuition and Fees
(California Residents)2

   
2016-17
               $45,338
             $45,500
2017-18
               $45,728
             $46,000
2018-19
               $46,120
             $46,500

Students who do not qualify for California resident tuition are not covered by the guarantee – we project non-resident tuition will be approximately $7500 per year more than resident tuition – but most U.S. citizens who come from outside the state are able to obtain California residency for tuition purposes in their second and third years and will qualify for the guarantee if they do so. More information on residency.

The chart below compares our UCLA Law tuition and fees, backed by the guarantee, to the costs of other “Top 20” law schools, most of which are likely to increase their charges substantially this fall (remember that the tuition most schools currently advertise is for the current academic year, not the 2016-17 year) and again at the beginning of your second and third years of law school. We project the tuition of schools other than UC Berkeley (which, as our sister school, we predict will increase only slightly in line with our increases) over the next three years based on each school’s tuition for the 2015-16 academic year and its average annual rate of tuition increase over the last five years. For most schools, the average rate of increase has been between 3% and 5% per year. All data was obtained from the Law School Transparency website in February 2016. We encourage you to conduct your own calculations.

When you examine the data closely, we believe that you will be surprised at just how large the tuition differential can be between similarly elite law schools, especially when you consider the effect of annual increases over the three-year period of your legal education. As the table below illustrates, choosing to attend UCLA Law is the equivalent of receiving a scholarship of between $40,000 and $55,000 from most of our peer schools.

While the cost of living in Los Angeles is greater than in rural areas, it is not appreciably different than other urban areas, and, in any event, the cost of living during law school can be managed through various lifestyle choices in a way that the cost of tuition and fees cannot be.


1. Although the University of California Regents set our tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year in the spring or summer, we will provide all JD students who matriculate as first year students in fall 2016 and qualify for California resident tuition a scholarship to cover any amounts that exceed the specified guaranteed maximums. We can guarantee these maximum costs only for the next three academic years. Students who do not graduate within three years must pay the prevailing applicable costs as determined by the UC Regents in years after 2018-19.

2. These guaranteed maximum amounts do not include UCLA health insurance, which may be waived by students with comparable coverage.


Projected Costs of Law School Tuition and Fees, 2016-17 - 2018-193

Law School
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 Total

UCLA Savings Over 3 Years
(CA res.)


UCLA Savings Over 3 Years
(Non-residents
4)
         
UCLA (CA res.)5   $45,338 $45,728    $46,120 $137,186
Guaranteed Max.5
  $45,500 $46,000    $46,500 $138,000
             
Columbia   $65,490 $68,404    $71,448 $205,343    $68,157 $60,683
Cornell
  $61,924 $63,931    $66,002 $191,857    $54,671 $47,197
Duke   $59,956 $62,283    $64,699 $186,938    $49,752 $42,278
Emory   $53,308 $55,168    $57,094 $165,569    $28,383 $20,909
George Washington
  $56,403 $58,789
   $61,276 $176,468    $39,282 $31,808
Georgetown
  $57,543 $59,925    $62,406 $179,873    $42,687 $35,213
Harvard
  $60,892 $63,663    $66,559 $191,114    $53,928 $46,454
NYU
  $61,846 $64,468    $67,201 $193,515    $56,329 $48,855
Northwestern
  $60,308 $62,280    $64,316 $186,904    $49,718 $42,244
Stanford   $58,441 $60,691    $63,027 $182,158    $44,972 $37,498
UC Berkeley (CA)   $48,683 $49,098    $49,515 $147,769    $10,010 $7,559
Univ. of Chicago   $60,782 $63,627    $66,605 $191,014    $53,828 $46,354
Univ. of Michigan6   $57,992 $59,934    $61,942 $179,869    $42,683 $35,209
Univ. of Penn.   $61,292 $63,762    $66,332 $191.387    $54,201 $46,727
Univ. of Texas6   $50,219 $51,213    $52,227 $153,660    $16,474 $9,000
Univ. of Virginia6   $59,115 $61,308    $63,582 $184,005    $46,819 $39,345
USC   $60,157 $62,371    $64,666 $187,194    $50,008 $42,534
Vanderbilt   $52,670 $54,013    $55,390 $162,073    $24,887 $17,413
Washington Univ.
  $55,273 $54,972    $56,726 $164,971    $27,785 $20,311
Yale   $59,629 $61,251    $62,917 $183,797    $46,611 $39,317


3. Projections for all schools other than UCLA and UC Berkeley are based on 2015-16 tuition and fees data and annual average increase over the period from 2010-2015, as published by Law School Transparency.

4. Assumes student pays non-resident tuition in 2016-17 and obtains California residency for tuition purposes for 2017-18 and 2018-19. Non-resident tuition is projected to be $52,812 for the 2016-17 academic year.

5. Amounts do not include UCLA health insurance, which can be waived by students with comparable coverage.

6. Assumes student will pay out-of-state tuition.