Tuition & Aid

Law school is a significant investment in your professional future. As a public law school on a land-grant university campus, the College of Law is committed to educational accessibility, affordability, and strong return on investment.

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The College offers an extensive number of scholarships – including full-tuition and half-tuition scholarships – for students who show particular promise for success in the study and practice of law. The College also offers a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to graduates who choose careers within government and non-profit organizations.

The Illinois Guarantee

The costs of attending law school have risen considerably in recent years. To provide students with complete transparency with respect to educational costs, the College will guarantee JD students a frozen tuition rate over all three years of their legal studies. In addition, our scholarships are unconditional, as long as the recipient remains enrolled.

Listed below is the cost of attendance (including tuition, fees, and estimated living expenses) for the 2017-18 academic year for each of our degree programs:

JD Cost of Attendance 

  Resident Non-Resident
Tuition $35,000 $45,000
Fees $4,139 $4,139
Room and Board $13,710 $13,710
Books and Supplies $1,800 $1,800
Other Expenses $2,750 $3,090
Total Cost of Attendance $57,399 $67,739

*Stated tuition rates are for the Class entering Fall 2017.

Living and other expenses are estimated for a student who will be living off-campus while attending the College of Law, and the budget is based on a nine-month estimate.

Residency is determined by the University’s Office of Admissions and Records (OAR) which bases its decision on whether the applicant has lived in Illinois for 12 months prior to matriculation in a program or whether one of the student’s parents resides in Illinois. Admitted students may petition for residency in the state of Illinois.

Tuition and fee refunds are managed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Please reference the Refund Schedule on the Office of the Registrar website for more information.

LLM Cost of Attendance

Tuition $49,500 USD
Fees $4,184 USD
Room and Board $13,710 USD
Books and Supplies $1,800 USD
Other Expenses $2,750 USD
Total Cost of Attendance $71,944 USD

MSL Cost of Attendance

  Full-time Part-time
Tuition $49,500 $33,000
Fees** $4,114 $3,831
Books and Supplies $1,800 $1,800

*Please note that MSL tuition and fees are subject to increase without notice.

**Some fees are refundable for MSL students upon request. Visit the Office of the Registrar for more information. The MSL is a reimbursable program for University of Illinois graduate students. Tuition reimbursement will be sought from any University of Illinois unit that appoints its students. Students are automatically charged a health insurance fee, but may apply for an exemption.

For more information, contact:
Margareth Etienne, Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs

JSD Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees for the JSD program for the 2017-2018 academic year are estimated to be $53,684 USD.

Dissertation fellowships are available to cover partial or full tuition for University of Illinois JSD students in good standing during the third year of the program. For students who do not have financial support from outside sources, a limited amount of additional partial support towards tuition may be available, based on need, scholarly merit, and the availability of resources. The estimated living expenses, which include room and board, books and supplies, and personal expenses are $18,260. The amount applicants will be required to verify for purposes of obtaining a visa is $71,944. Please note that tuition, fees, and expenses are subject to increase without notice.

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