Investing in legal education is a major financial decision, and we know that the cost often affects choices.

JD Tuition: Tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year is $1,876 per unit.

First Year Full-Time $52,528 28 unit enrollment
Second Year, Third Year Full-Time $56,280 30 unit enrollment
Part-Time $39,396 21 unit enrollment

LLM Tuition: Tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year is $2,104 per unit.

All degree-seeking international students (including JD) are charged a one time $125 International Student Fee.

MLS Tuition: Tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year is $1,110 per unit.

Living Expenses and Books

Living expenses and books are not actually expenses charged by Santa Clara University. Rather, the amounts are an estimate of other indirect educational costs. The amount you spend depends upon your personal situation and choices.

2019-2020 Living Expenses and Books
Room and Board $18,862
Books $1,480
Local Transportation $2,016
Personal Expense $4,852
TOTAL $27,210

NOTE: For students borrowing federal student loans, the average student loan fees for borrowers at Santa Clara University School of Law will automatically be added to the cost of attendance. Based upon an assessment of student borrowing for 2019-2020, the average loan fees amount was $1,746.

For specific information on Santa Clara University tuitions, fees, housing, meal plans and other related charges, please refer to the University’s Tuition and Fees.

Increase to Costs

Living expenses and books includes average amounts for standard educational expenses incurred by all law students.

To request an increase to your costs for one of the following reasons, you will need submit the Adjustment to Cost of Attendance Request form to the Law Admissions and Financial Aid Office.

  • additional course-related expenses
  • child care expenses
  • bar exam registration costs
  • medical expenses including the Student Health Insurance fee

If a budget increase is approved, it will not be covered with additional scholarship funding. You will need to apply for the appropriate loan program – typically Federal Direct PLUS Loan or student private financing – depending on your circumstances.

NOTE: All cost of attendance adjustments are at the discretion of professional judgment conducted by the Law Admissions and Financial Aid Office.

As you review the costs, you may want to learn how to apply for financial aid, types of financial aid, repayment, contact information and other terms and conditions related to financial aid.

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