D.C. area law schools, by the numbers

October 31, 2012

A look at fees, loans and post-graduation employment rates for students at area institutions.

American University
2011 graduating class: 467
Tuition and required fees 2012-2013: $50,149
Total with living expenses: $70,204
Average indebtedness 2011: $151,318
Percentage of 2011 class graduating with law-school loans: 80%
Percent of class of 2011 employed as lawyers: 35%

Catholic University
2011 graduating class: 261
Tuition and required fees 2012-2013: $45,525
Total with living expenses: $69,825
Average indebtedness 2011: $142,222
Percentage of 2011 class graduating with law-school loans: 92%
Percent of class of 2011 employed as lawyers: 44%

Georgetown University
2011 graduating class: 644
Tuition 2012-2013: $48,835
Total with living expenses: $72,470
Average indebtedness 2011: $132,722
Percentage of 2011 class graduating with law-school loans: 81%
Percent of class of 2011 employed as lawyers: 60%

George Washington University
2011 graduating class: 518
Tuition and required fees 2012-2013: $45,750
Total with living expenses: $74,400
Average indebtedness 2011: $127,360
Percentage of 2011 class graduating with law-school loans: 79%
Percent of class of 2011 employed as lawyers: 66%

University of Maryland
2011 graduating class: 297
Tuition and required fees 2012-2013: $23,744 (MD resident); $35,022 (nonresident)
Total with living expenses: $44,633; $55,911
Average indebtedness 2011: $108,849
Percentage of 2011 class graduating with law-school loans: 76%
Percent of class of 2011 employed as lawyers: 47%

University of the District of Columbia
2011 graduating class: 78
Tuition and required fees 2012-2013: $10,620 residents; $21,240 nonresident
Total with living expenses: $41,630; $52,750
Average indebtedness 2011: $95,854
Percentage of 2011 class graduating with law-school loans: 82%
Percent of class of 2011 employed as lawyers: 21%

Howard University
2011 graduating class: 157
Tuition and required fees 2012-2013: $29,360
Total with living expenses: $55,964
Average indebtedness 2011: $113,283
Percentage of 2011 class graduating with law-school loans: 99%
Percent of class of 2011 employed as lawyers: 48%

George Mason University
2011 graduating class: 170
Tuition and required fees 2012-2013: $24,623 (VA resident); $39,561 (nonresident)
Total with living expenses: $48,377; $63,315
Average indebtedness 2011: $101,170
Percentage of 2011 class graduating with law-school loans: 78%
Percent of class of 2011 employed as lawyers: 59%

Sources: Schools’ Web sites, American Bar Association, U.S. News & World Report

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