Attending law school is an investment toward your future, but it can also be a considerable financial burden. Law school tuition can reach upwards of $50,000 each year. This amount does not include other costs, such as housing, school fees, food, books, transportation, and other personal expenses.

The total cost of a law school education can easily exceed $150,000. Learning more about how to finance your legal education will help you to make smart decisions now!

Financing your way to law school will start long before your first day of school. It is important to know the different types of expenses that you may encounter as an applicant in order to start saving early. These pre-law expenses often must come out-of-pocket. Also, keep in mind that these expenses (school visits and moving expenses) may be very steep if you live in Hawaiʻi and are looking at schools on the mainland.

Common Pre-Law Expenses
Expense Estimated Amount ($)*
LSAT Fee (includes LSAT writing) $222
Credential Assembly Service (CAS) $200
Test Center/Date Change $125
Law School Reports $45
Law School Application Fees Varies
LSAT Preparation Materials and/or Preparation Course(s) Varies (Free-$1,500+)
School Visits Varies
Seat Deposit Varies
Moving Expenses Varies

*Fees are subject to change, so it is always best to check for updates.

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Common Law School Expenses
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Compiled from the Law School Admission Council