Cost of attendance for the entering class of fall 2016

Elon Law’s total tuition cost for the entering class of 2016 is more than 20 percent below the average cost at other private law schools across the country (Source: ABA 2013 data of private law school costs). The total 2½ year J.D. program tuition for members of this entering class is $100,000, or lower for recipients of Elon’s substantial scholarship and fellowship awards. Members of the entering class are guaranteed there will be no tuition increases during their course of study.

Elon Law's groundbreaking new program is designed to lower the cost of legal education and prepare students for early entry into the job market. The nation’s first 2½ year standard J.D. program of study, providing a 90-credit curriculum, is strategically designed to maximize student learning and career success.

The program enables students to:

  • complete studies in December and take the February bar exam
  • reduce time in law school, lowering tuition and living expenses
  • begin careers earlier, in the spring or summer following graduation

While Elon Law's tuition is reasonable in comparison with that charged by other exceptional private law schools, we realize it represents a significant financial investment by our students. We will endeavor to keep costs as low as possible, while providing our students with dynamic learning opportunities, excellent professors and state-of-the art facilities in which to learn.

The total program tuition cost of $100,000 is divided across terms as noted below.  This division is subject to change during the second or third year, though the total tuition cost of $100,000 will not change.

Tuition for the entering class of 2016

First Year (2016-17)  
Introductory Session $5,500
Fall Trimester $12,500
Winter Trimester $12,500
Spring Trimester $12,500
Second Year (2017-18)  
Leadership & Prof. Resp. $5,500
Fall Trimester $12,500
Winter Trimester $12,500
Spring Trimester $12,500
Final Half Year (2018)  
Fall Trimester $14,000
Total Program $100,000

Indirect Expenses

Indirect expenses are those not actually charged by Elon Law. The amount a student spends on these indirect expenses is within the student's control. The numbers below represent the maximum amount a student may receive in financial aid for these indirect costs. Many, if not most, students will incur less expense than this based on the choices they make, and students are encouraged to be as conservative as possible in their spending and particularly their borrowing to fund these expenses. For instance, a student could park in the free parking lot provided by the law school, rather than spending the allotted $500 to rent a parking space in the city parking deck across from the school. Likewise, a student could take advantage of public transportation, such as the free city bus pass provided by the law school, to avoid the transportation expense. Our Office of Financial Planning is available to assist with your financial planning and financial aid package.

Indirect Expenses for August Session
(August 2016 and 2017)
Estimated Expense
Room $1,070
Board $715
Utilities $185
Personal $455
Health Insurance $2,668
Rental Insurance $43
Books $300
Parking $55
Transportation $500
Total Indirect Costs for Introductory Session $5,991

Indirect Expenses for Fall, Winter & Spring
Trimesters Combined (September – June)

Estimated Expense
Room $7,490
Board $5,005
Utilities $1,295
Personal $3,185
Health Insurance $0
Rental Insurance $299
Books $1,800
Parking $495
Transportation $3,500
Total Indirect Costs for Fall, Winter & Spring Trimesters $23,069

Tuition Refund Information

Scholarships and Financial Planning