How Much Does Law School Really Cost?

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UOI4430
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How Much Does Law School Really Cost?

Postby UOI4430 » Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:25 pm

Hello TLS friends,

I am trying to find the "true" cost of going to certain schools. There are obviously many variables that will determine any given student's COA. One student might live in a palace while another lives "above a bowling alley and below another bowling alley."

I have looked at the COA for the schools I've been accepted to on their respective websites. I have compared these numbers to the non-discounted costs on Law School Transparency. In some cases the COA difference between the two is as much as $60,000 over three years. I know that schools will report their COA at lower than the actual cost, but LST seems to be overestimating in some cases.

I'm inclined to think that the actual cost will fall somewhere in the middle of what the law schools claim and the doomsday report that LST gives, but maybe I am wrong.

Any thoughts? Are there other resources for finding out "true" cost? Current or graduated students input would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: How Much Does Law School Really Cost?

Postby Wingtip88 » Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:28 pm

Have you actually used Law School Transparency's financial worksheets? These are great.

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Re: How Much Does Law School Really Cost?

Postby UOI4430 » Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:32 pm

Wingtip88 wrote:Have you actually used Law School Transparency's financial worksheets? These are great.


I haven't actually. Thanks for the heads up.

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Re: How Much Does Law School Really Cost?

Postby Wingtip88 » Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:35 pm

Everybody going to law school needs to use them.

In my opinion.

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Re: How Much Does Law School Really Cost?

Postby sublime » Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:45 pm

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Re: How Much Does Law School Really Cost?

Postby mvp99 » Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:15 pm

I came here expecting other answers...

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Re: How Much Does Law School Really Cost?

Postby runinthefront » Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:32 pm

are you accounting for interest accruing over that 3 year period




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