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Costs of Attendance for First-Year Students

Tuition and Fees for the 2014-2015 Academic School Year:

Programs Tuition
per credit hour
General Fee
per term
JD Degree $1,354.00 $420.00
LLM Degree $1,354.00 $420.00
Master of Legal Studies $1,120.00 $180.00

Cost of Attendance for Incoming First-Year students for the 2014-2015 Academic School Year* :

*Based on JD Degree

  • Tuition: $40,620 ($1,354 per credit x 30 credits)
  • Fees: $840 ($420 per semester)
  • Living Expenses:
    • Books: $1,342
    • Room and Board: $13,026
    • Travel: $3,798
    • Miscellaneous: $2,466
  • Computer: $750
  • Total Cost of Attendance: $62,842

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 subsequent second and third year because the law school’s curriculum design requires first year law students to take more credits than second and third year students.  Therefore, 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 year. Plus, students also pay a general fee per academic year.

Here is a three year tuition model based on the tuition numbers and fees for the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • Year One
    • Credit Hours Required: 30
    • Tuition Cost: $40,620
  • Year Two
    • Credit Hours Required: 28
    • Tuition Cost: $37,912
  • Year Three
    • Credit Hours Required: 27
    • Tuition Cost: $36,558
  • Average Over Three Years
    • Credit Hours: 28.33
    • Tuition Cost: $38,359

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.