Cost Difference

The Massachusetts School of Law is the most affordable of all the New England law schools. Our affordable tuition combined with our professional skill training throughout the curriculum allows our students to pursue rewarding job opportunities that students from other law schools (plagued with overwhelming debt) cannot.

In his book Failing Law Schools, author Brian Tamanaha, one of the most outspoken critics of rising law school tuitions, states that “The average private (law school) student debt is $125,000. The amount due monthly would be $1,450. You need a salary well above $100,000 to manage to pay that.” But Tamanaha points out that the national median salary level is $60,000 a year for a newly-minted law graduate.

So, what is the real cost of law school? What does it cost to service the debt if you borrow all the tuition? Here are a few examples of what that debt service would look like from a sampling of schools across Massachusetts:

Law School Monthly Payment (10 years at current rate of 6.8%)
Harvard $1, 838.40
Suffolk $1, 809.06
New England School of Law $1, 460.02
Western New England $1, 361.97
Massachusetts School of Law, Andover $673.21

Calculations done by using the Federal Government’s student loan website:

If you decide to attend law school you should be aware of the total cost of your education and give serious consideration to what your monthly loan payments will be to repay that debt.Below is a comparison of tuitions of New England law schools from the past academic year:

2013-2014 New England Tuitions

Yale $52, 400 $157, 200
Harvard University $53, 250 $159, 750
Vermont $46, 110 $138, 330
UConn  $50, 134  $150, 402 
Quinnipiac $46, 260 $138, 780
Suffolk $44, 934 $134, 802
Boston University $44, 120 $134, 160
Boston College $44, 860 $134, 580
New England $42, 290 $126, 870
University of New Hampshire (previously Franklin Pierce) $41, 100 $123, 300
Western New England $39, 450 $118, 350
UMass Dartmouth School of Law $31, 870  $95, 610 
Massachusetts School of Law, Andover $19, 500 $58, 500


2012-2013 Tuition Rates (new rates not yet posted)

Northeastern $42, 940 $128, 820
Roger Williams
$38, 850 $116, 500
University of Maine
$33, 360
$100, 080


You do the math. MSLAW students attend law school because they are looking for a more fulfilling professional career. While half of our students intend to go into traditional practice the other half choose careers in fields raging from law enforcement, teaching, financial management, corporate management, to entrepreneurial endeavors. It is our mission to keep the tuition affordable so that our students can pursue a career that will be rewarding and fulfilling without being constrained by crushing debt.

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