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%)|
|New England School of Law||$1, 518.65|
|Western New England||$1, 361.98|
|Massachusetts School of Law, Andover||$731.00|
Calculations done by using the Federal Government’s student loan website using 2017-2018 tuition data:
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:
2018-2019 New England Tuition
|University of New Hampshire (previously Franklin Pierce)||$43,000|
|Western New England||$40,634|
|UMass School of Law, Dartmouth
|University of Maine||$33,360|
|Massachusetts School of Law, Andover||$23,850|
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 ranging 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.
For information about the many careers professionals with a juris doctorate degree pursue, visit: http://www.mslaw.edu/career-resources/
Massachusetts School of Law's mission is to provide an academically rigorous affordable legal education emphasizing ethics, advocacy, leadership, and professional skills. MSLAW provides an accessible and affordable legal education to tomorrow’s leaders in law, business, and technology who seek to contribute to their communities as advocates, lawyers, and leaders. Lawyers have substantial influence in our society and MSLAW prepares its graduates to use that power to help their clients and obtain the societal advancement that a law degree has traditionally provided.
To accomplish its mission, Massachusetts School of Law brings together a diverse group of scholars, judges, expert practitioners and other professionals to provide individuals from all backgrounds a rigorous, professionally advantageous, affordable legal education so that they can improve their lives and better serve their communities.
The Massachusetts School of Law does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, source of income, or status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.