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Northwestern Law Announces Smallest Tuition Increase in 40 Years

Law school is committed to addressing rising costs of legal education

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March 27, 2012 | by Pat Vaughan Tremmel

CHICAGO – Northwestern University School of Law’s tuition next year will increase by 3 percent -- the school’s smallest percentage tuition increase in the last 40 years. 

Tuition for the J.D. program will increase to $53,168 from $51,620 -- an increase that coincides closely with current and recent measures of inflation. 

“During these challenging economic times, the law school is committed to addressing rising costs of legal education and corresponding burdens of student indebtedness,” said Northwestern Law School Dean Daniel Rodriguez.

“We are well aware that this is a first step in addressing law school tuition at Northwestern and elsewhere,” he said. “But we are mindful of the ways the current legal economy affects current and prospective students and are continuing to look for ways to control law school costs at Northwestern.” 

A Northwestern Law education continues to be a great investment, and our graduates are much in demand, Rodriguez stressed.  “Northwestern Law intends to be a leader in addressing the challenges of the new legal economy.” 

The Princeton Review listed Northwestern University School of Law as the best law school in the country for career prospects in its most recent rankings in fall 2011 and in five of the last seven years. During last month, the National Law Journal also recognized Northwestern as the nation’s number two “go-to law school” for placing the second highest number of 2011 graduates in the NLJ 250 -- the magazine’s listing of the nation’s largest law firms. The National Law Journal has ranked Northwestern in the top five on this measure for five of the last six years.

The full announcement can be found on Northwestern Law Dean Daniel Rodriguez’ Word on the Streeterville blog at: http://deansblog.law.northwestern.edu/.

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