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Cost of Attendance for Law Programs

Merit Scholarships to Help Finance Your Legal Education

95.38% of our Class of 2019 3-year and 2-year JD students received academic merit scholarship varying in amount from $10,000 to $42,660 per year. Find out more about our merit scholarships, including our new public interest and trial advocacy fellowships.

All LLM and Global Access JD applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships, ranging from $3,500 to $30,000 per year.

Tuition and Fees for the 2017-2018 Academic School Year:

Programs Tuition
per credit hour
General Fee
per term
JD Degree $1,450.00 $420.00
LLM Degree $1,450.00 $420.00
Master of Legal Studies $1,200.00 $180.00

Cost of Attendance for Incoming First-Year Law Students for the 2017-2018 Academic School Year* :

*Based on JD Degree

Type of Cost  Annual Amount
Tuition $43,500
Fees $840
Immunization Fee $35
Books $1,346
Computer/Supplies $870
Personal $2,512
Loan Origination Fee $220
Sub-total  $53,927
Room and Board (Students living on campus) $13,828
Room and Board (Students living off campus) $13,428
Meals (Students commuting) $2,448
Total (Students living on campus) $67,755
Total (Students living off campus) $67,355
Total (Students commuting $56,375

The annual tuition rate reported to the ABA is a converted amount, based on the average number of credits required each year for degree completion. The cost of attendance for a first-year student is typically higher than the cost for the student's second and third years because the design of the law school’s curriculum requires first-year law students to take more credits than second- and third-year students. Since Drexel University uses a per-credit billing system, the total tuition in the first year is slightly higher than the annual average tuition rate for the second and third years. Students also pay a general fee per semester.

Here is a three-year tuition model based on the tuition numbers and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year:

  • Year One
    • Credit Hours Required: 30
    • Tuition Cost: $43,500
  • Year Two
    • Credit Hours Required: 28
    • Tuition Cost: $40,600
  • Year Three
    • Credit Hours Required: 27
    • Tuition Cost: $39,150
  • Average Over Three Years
    • Credit Hours: 28.33
    • Tuition Cost: $41,079

First-year students may not be employed in excess of 20 hours in any week of any semester in which they are taking 11 or more credit hours.


Tuition and fee rates, which are established annually by the University's Board of Trustees, are subject to change without notice. For the most updated information, contact Drexel Central.