Cost of Attendance, 2014-15

All students are expected to become familiar with the financial obligations they incur by registering at the USD School of Law. The following information provides the essential data. If in doubt, students should make inquiries at the Student Accounts Office before the registration fee payment dates. Tuition and fees listed on the following sections are for the fall and spring terms of the 2013-14 academic year.

JD Tuition and Fees

View the Tuition, Fees and Cost of Attendance for 2013–14

(Based on nine month academic year. Figures accurate as of 02/25/14.)

JD Students


Cost of Attendance
Full Time 
(12-16 units)
Part Time
(8-11 units)
  Tuition $47,140 $34,850
  Fees1 $350 $340
  Books & Supplies $1,491 $1,143
  Housing $9,924 $9,924
  Food $3,699 $3,699
  Transportation2 $2,758 $2,758
  Personal/Misc. $2,880 $2,880
  Student Loan Fees $1,247 $1,247
TOTAL4 $69,489 $56,841

1 Fees:

  • Student Bar Association Fees: Full-time (12-16 units) $50; Part-time (8-11 units) $40
  • Health Center Fee: $220
  • Student Life Pavilion Fee: $70
  • Student Activity Fee: $10

2 Annual parking fee for one vehicle included in the transportation budget. More information on parking fees.

3 Student living with parent must substitute the food and housing combined allowance with $4,599

4 The costs of attendance listed above does not include an allowance for the law school's mandatory health insurance. If you will be paying for health insurance and provide appropriate documentation to the Office of Financial Aid, budget allowances can be made to add the costs incurred during the period of enrollment. Please note that loan eligibility cannot be increased if you are being covered by your parent's plan.

Other Fees and Per Unit Charges 

Item Fee
Application Fee (nonrefundable) $50
Per Unit Charge: For single courses, summer session and credits in 
excess of 16 for full-time program and fewer than 8 for part-time program.
$1,600 per JD credit
Returned Check Fee $25
Parking Fee (per year/per car) Varies according to permit
Transcript Fee $5
Late Payment/Late Registration Fee Monthly Late Payment Penalty of .833% (10% APR)

All fees are subject to increase.

Sample Budgets and Awards

  Type A
JD Full Time Students
Type B
JD Day Students
Type C
JD Part Time Students
Budget:  
Avg. Cost of Education $69,489 $69,489 $56,841
Resources:
Family/Student Contribution Ø $1,000 $3,000
Financial Aid Award:1  
Merit Scholarship $33,000 Ø $16,000
Federal Unsub. Stafford:2 $20,500 $20,500 $20,500
Federal Perkins Loan Ø $5,000 Ø
USD Tuition Credit Loan Ø Ø Ø
Federal Work Study $4,000 $4,000 Ø
Federal Grad PLUS Loan: $11,989 $39,989 $20,341
Total Aid Award $69,489 $69,489 $56,841

1 The figures listed are for purposes of illustration only. 

2Federal Unsubsidized Stafford academic yearly maximum is $20,500. 
This information is accurate as of February 2014.

LLM Tuition and Fees

LLM Cost of Attendance 2014-2015
Tuition $1,550 per credit (24-25 credits)1
Mandatory Fees2 $300 - $350
Health Insurance $1,852 (estimated; can be waived with proof of sufficient insurance)3
TOTAL $39,975 - $41,625

1 Tuition for the Diploma in Taxation (DIPT) program is also $1,550 per credit (10 credits).

2 Mandatory Fees:

  • Student Bar Association Fees (for LLM in Comparative Law students only): 
    Full-time $50 (9 or more credits); Part-time $40 (8 or fewer credits)
  • Health Center Fee: $220
  • Student Life Pavilion Fee: $70
  • Activity Fee: $10 (Fall only)

3 International Health Insurance Rate: $1,824

Other LLM Fees*
Application Fee (nonrefundable) $50
Parking Fee (per year/per car) Varies according to permit
Returned Check Fee $25
Late Payment/Late Registration Fee Monthly interest charge
Transcript Fee $5

Applicants who plan to obtain a student visa should review our Visa Information for details about the financial certification required in order to apply for a visa.

All costs and fees are subject to change and are based on a ten month academic year. Figures accurate as of 02/13/14.

MSLS Tuition and Fees

MS in Legal Studies Cost of Attendance 2014-2015
Tuition $1,335 per credit (26 credits)
Mandatory Fees1 $300
Health Insurance $1,852 (estimated; can be waived with proof of sufficient insurance)2
TOTAL $37,475

 1 Mandatory Fees:

  • Health Center Fee: $220
  • Student Life Pavilion Fee: $70
  • Activity Fee: $10 (Fall only)

2 International Health Insurance Rate: $1,824

Other MS in Legal Studies Fees*
Application Fee (nonrefundable) $50
Parking Fee (per year/per car) Varies according to permit
Returned Check Fee $25
Late Payment/Late Registration Fee Monthly Late Payment Penalty of .833% (10% APR)
Transcript Fee $5

All costs and fees are subject to change and are based on a ten month academic year. Figures are accurate as of 02/13/14.

Contact:

Financial Aid
Warren Hall, Room 203
Phone: (619) 260-4570
Fax: (619) 260-2218

Hours

M-Th: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
F: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.