A Framework for Thinking About Law School Affordability

28 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2016 Last revised: 9 Mar 2017

Date Written: December 22, 2015


This research report, authored by Sandy Baum, Ph.D., explores the most constructive ways to think about the affordability of legal education in the context of trends in law school enrollment, prices, debt and employment. However, the report cautions that law school affordability cannot be evaluated through simple metrics; it must be measured by taking into account the lifetime value of the investment. The report was commissioned by Access Group to add to the public discourse about what makes law schools affordable for students in different circumstances.

Keywords: law school, law school affordability, value of law school

Suggested Citation

Baum, Sandy, A Framework for Thinking About Law School Affordability (December 22, 2015). AccessLex Institute Research Paper No. 15-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2709697 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2709697

Sandy Baum (Contact Author)

The Urban Institute ( email )

2100 M Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
United States
518-369-3774 (Phone)

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