Commissioned Research

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Journal Article

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affordability of law school, value of a law degree, tuition, student loans, lawyer salaries


This research report, authored by Sandy Baum, Ph.D., explores the most constructive ways to think about the affordability of legal education in the context of trends in law school enrollment, prices, debt and employment. However, the report cautions that law school affordability cannot be evaluated through simple metrics; it must be measured by taking into account the lifetime value of the investment. The report was commissioned by AccessLex Institute to add to the public discourse about what makes law schools affordable for students in different circumstances.


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Sandy Baum & Patricia Steele, Financing Graduate and Professional Education: How Students Pay (2018),

Sandy Baum & Patricia Steele, Graduate and Professional School Debt: How Much Students Borrow (2018),

Sandy Baum & Patricia Steele, The Price of Graduate and Professional School: How Much Students Pay (2018),

Sandy Baum & Patricia Steele, Who Goes to Graduate School and Who Succeeds? (2017),