Commissioned Research

Title

A Framework for Thinking About Law School Affordability

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-2018

Keywords

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

Abstract

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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