The UCLA School of Law announced that it will guarantee its tuition for the next three years to incoming 1Ls with California residency. The tuition increases will be capped at $500 each year. So, in summary, in-state tuition and fees will not exceed $45,500 for the 2016-2017 academic year, $46,000 for 2017-2018 and $46,500 for 2018-2019. Out-of-state tuition and fees are about $6,500 more but most out-of-state law school students qualify for in-state tuition their last two years.
Given that law school applications appear to be trending upwards again and that, as a top-tier law school, UCLA has had an easier time filling seats, we’re a bit surprised that the school has now decided to announce a tuition guarantee. However, the school did not freeze tuition as some lower-tier schools have done. Additionally, law school tuition has been fairly flat for a few years now and we don’t expect the University of California Board of Regents to increase the law school’s tuition in the foreseeable future. (If that was to happen, we’re told the school would cover the difference through its endowment and other private sources.)
Best of luck with your applications!
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