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2024 Law Schools Fast Facts

For the academic year 2023-2024, 196 ABA-accredited law schools are offering J.D. (Juris Doctor) programs excluding 3 law schools on teach-out plan. By school type, there are 86 public and 110 law schools offering J.D. programs.

How tight to admit to Law Schools?

The law school admission is competitive with low acceptance rate and high LSAT score and GPA. The 2024 average acceptance rate is 42.40% over the 196 ABA-accredited law schools. Especially, most high-ranked law schools have very selective rate. In 4 schools, the acceptance rate is below 10% and additional 24 schools have their rate below 20%.
One of most important thing to get into law schools is the LSAT score. The average LSAT score is 159 in 2024. 19 law schools have the LSAT score of 170 or higher which is very competitive score, and 66 schools' scores sit on between 160 and 170. Along with LSAT score, the GPA is also required to apply to law schools, and the average GPA is 3.61 in 4.0 scale.
2024 Law Schools Admission and LSAT Score Statistics
All Law SchoolsPublic Law SchoolsPrivate Law Schools
Acceptance Rate42.40%41.36%43.21%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)30.97%31.47%30.57%
LSAT Score159159158

How Expensive to Attend Law Schools?

In general, the law school tuition is higher than typical college tuition. The 2024 average law school tuition & fees is $50,429 over the 196 ABA-accredited law schools. In public law schools, the average tuition is $30,198 for state residents and $43,313 for out-of-state students. In private schools, the tuition is $55,993 which is higher than public schools.
In average, 81.23% of enrolled students received grants and/or scholarships. The average amount of the financial aid is $22,897 that covers 45.40% of tuition amount
2024 Average Law School Tuition & Fees
All Law SchoolsPublic Law SchoolsPrivate Law Schools
Tuition & Fees$50,429$43,313$55,993
% Received Financial Aid81.23%79.84%82.32%
Average Amount of Received Financial Aid$22,897$16,599$27,821
Covered % of Tuition45.40%38.32%49.69%

How Many Law School Students Enrolled?

For the academic year 2023-2024, a total of 139,883 law schools students enrolled to law schools. For the first-time enrollment, 36,756 students newly enrolled to law schools.
The average students to faculty ratio is 6 to 1 with 27,617 total faculties.
2024 Law School Students and Faculties
All Law SchoolsPublic Law SchoolsPrivate Law Schools
First-time Students36,75613,82922,927
Total Enrollment139,88354,71785,166
Students to Faculty Ratio5.7 to 15.4 to 15.9 to 1


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