Site Update: ‘Law School Tuition Data Going Back to 1996’…

…Can be found on the “LAW SCHOOL COST DATA (1996-)” page.

Formerly called ,”Tuition Increases at All ABA Law Schools (1999-),” or something like that, I’ve revised this site’s renowned tuition data page. Biggest changes include:

  • Tuition data for each law school going back to 1996 and up to 2013
  • Percentages of full-time students paying full tuition at each law school
  • Percentages of full-time students receiving the median grant or more at each law school (as stated in the Official Guide)
  • Tuition levels discounted by the median grant at private law schools that aren’t Brigham Young
  • A bunch of carefully sculpted dispersion charts and tables showing changes in law school tuition since 1985 or 1996 with the annual Stafford loan limit
  • And no tuition projections. I know they were popular. I know they gave me easy page views, but I don’t think any forward projection based on past data will be accurate anymore given that tuition increases are slowing down now. Also, the necessary methodology page was truly boring to write, and if anything, you folks deserve more “No Bubble, Just ROCK!!!” posts than me being bored on my own blog.

Don’t worry though, the URL is the same as before, so anyone linking to it will find the same information.

Tracking this kind of information on the back end is becoming harder as law schools (a) are socialized by public universities (meaning a change in status), (b) change their names (sometimes to sound more “hashtaggy”), and (c) contemplate splitting into multiple campuses. I’m sure consolidations are on the way as well. As it is, gathering their exact, full names was easily the most tedious aspect of this update. Easily.

Like, law schools, if you can hear me, please put your complete, full name on your main pages. Not in logos, and definitely not ending in “[law school name] Law” as though your school’s name is in fact the title of a law. To pick on one example, when I read “Wayne Law,” I thought about The Wonder Years taking place in a Michigan law school with Fred Savage, Jason Hervey, and Danica McKellar, the awesomest mathematician alive.

Which reminds me: Law schools, I’m into women as much as the next gynephile, but you do realize you put a lot of women on your main pages. There’s a certain … lack of originality to seeing attractive young women on the law school Web sites.

Wait, what am I complaining about? Strike that.

Okay, I should add—and this is very, very, very important—because the data page is so long (which is by design and I have no interest in changing) it doesn’t load well in Mozilla Firefox. If you scroll down far enough, at some point the screen turns black and the numbers are unreadable. It doesn’t crash the browser, but it doesn’t make the site easy to read. It does, however, work in Google Chrome. I don’t know if it works well on other browsers. Frankly, I don’t care at this point. Chrome is free; I prefer Firefox; whatever; we’re done here.



  1. Matt, the Attractive Young Women (AYW tm) angle appeals to the 3rd wave fems and “Lean In” corporate types, as each admitted Law School applicant is guaranteed enough Federal loan funding to cover their tuition, regardless of their ability to repay. It’s too bad the models are never in any of the classes.

    1. I figured it appealed to white guys in particular and women generally. White guys—who are the largest declining law school demographic—see smiling, attractive women. Women see other women excelling at law school, so it can’t be that hard. Women always sell to men and women alike. Also, white women are the other large collapsing applicant demographic. As to the models not being in the classes, in my experience, they didn’t need to hire models…

  2. I agree with ML – basically, the law school hotties are there to not so subtly insinuate that “Law School = Get Lots of Money = Get L*id”.

    And, as ML points out, the law schools can pull it off while simultaneously not alienating women…for whom the hotties are aspirational not Asspirational (as they are for the knuckle dragging men).

    “Class” thy name is law school…(see accelerating defenestrations of U of TX law school presidents/bag men for another example of high moral standards of law school industry…)

  3. And…

    apropos of nothing (except perhaps law school payback), ML you may want to take a look at how exactly the Feds just managed to put Corinthian Colleges out of business in very short order.

    Bottom line – the Dept of Ed put a three week hold on student loan money until Corinthian actually supplied required gainful employment documentation (requirement already on books).

    Corinthian couldn’t comply (almost certainly because its gainful employment documentation was absent/fraudulent/utter b*llsh*t) and **poof** – it was out of business in a mere matter of weeks.

    (So rickety, cash-flow vulnerable, and gov subsidy addicted is the higher education scam).

    Leaving aside Democrat bed-sharing with the “public” education establishment (and “non-profit” sector) the exact same dynamic would put a ton of law schools out of business in a matter of weeks.

    *Especially* if any significant demand is made to document *historically* reported law school gainful employment stats (almost wholly fictive if you go back more than 3 or 4 years).

    We should make calling the Dept of Ed a project for 2014-2015…

    To his credit, Obama has occasionally publicly looked askance at his educational-industrial-complex allies and warned them that their lives of unexamined looting might be drawing to a close…

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