Cost of Attendance for the Entering Class of Fall 2024

The total tuition cost for Elon Law’s 2½ year, full-time J.D. program in Greensboro for the entering class of 2024 is $130,000, 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 distinctive 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 an 86-credit curriculum, is strategically designed to maximize student learning and career success.

The full-time program in Greensboro 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.

When comparing Elon Law’s 2.5-year, full-time total program tuition with that of other law schools, it is important to calculate the other schools’ total program tuition by multiplying their annual tuition by three years. In addition, in contrast to Elon Law’s guaranteed tuition, many schools increase their tuition each year, so you may face higher tuition in your 2L and 3L years at other schools. Also, many law schools tack on hundreds or thousands of dollars of fees, such as technology or student activity fees, but Elon Law does not. Finally, you will want to take note of the conditional scholarship retention rate for the schools where you have been accepted, because many schools reduce or eliminate students’ scholarships based on their academic performance in the first year. Elon Law has not reduced or eliminated such scholarships in over seven years. 

The total full-time program tuition cost of $130,000 for the Fall 2024 entering class 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 $130,000 will not change.

Tuition for the Entering Class of 2024

Year & Trimester Tuition
First Year
August Term $8,529
Fall Trimester $17,353
Winter Trimester $17,353
Spring Trimester $17,353
Second Year
Fall Trimester $17,353
Winter Trimester $17,353
Spring Trimester $17,353
Final Half Year
Fall Trimester $17,353
Total Program $130,000

Estimated Additional Expenses 2024-25

Additional (indirect) expenses are those not actually charged by Elon Law. They include expenses for housing, food, books and other school supplies, utilities, transportation, insurance and other personal expenses.

When comparing the additional expenses at Elon Law with those at other law schools, it is important to note that students at almost all other law schools incur these additional living expenses for three complete years. Our full-time, 2.5-year program, with its shortened third year and graduation in December, results in significant savings on these additional living expenses. In addition, students benefit from the relatively low cost of living in Greensboro compared to many other urban areas.

The numbers below represent the maximum amount a student may receive in financial aid for these indirect costs. They should not be viewed as an indication of the actual expenses incurred by each student. 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 example, a student could park in the free parking lot provided by the law school, rather than spending the allotted $650 to rent a parking space in the city parking deck across from the school. In addition, many students under the age of 26 can remain on their parents’ health insurance and not incur the costs budgeted below.

Our Office of Financial Planning is available to assist with your financial planning and financial aid package.

Estimated Additional Expenses for First-Year August Session in Greensboro (August 2024) Estimated Expense
Room $900
Board $650
Utilities $225
Personal* $700
Books $300
Transportation $300
Total Estimated Additional Expenses-Introductory Session $3,075
Estimated Additional Expenses for Fall, Winter & Spring Trimesters Combined (Sept. 2024 – June 2025) Estimated Expense
Room $8,550
Board $6,200
Utilities $2,375
Personal* $6,650
Books $1,500
Transportation $2,750
Total Estimated Additional Expenses – Fall, Winter & Spring Trimesters $28,025

* Personal expenses may include a variety of expenses such as health insurance, rental insurance, parking (if needed), etc.

Estimated Additional Expenses for 2024-25 (1L Year): $28,025

Estimated Additional Expenses for 2025-26 (2L Year): $28,025

Estimated Additional Expenses for Fall 2026 (3L Year): $10,843*

*In addition to the categories of expenses noted above, the estimated additional living expenses for the 3L fall trimester include the estimated average cost associated with bar licensure: $1,500.

Again, as noted above, many Elon Law students do not incur this amount of additional expense due to their careful planning and spending choices and the low cost of living in Greensboro.

Cost of Attendance for Previous Entering Classes: