Tuition and Fees

Washington and Lee assists students in financing their legal education through University merit scholarships, educational loans from state, federal and private lenders, and participation in federally-sponsored work and loan programs (Title IV).  There are no need-based grants or scholarships available for law students.

Estimated Expenses

Each year the Office of Financial Aid projects expenditures for law students at Washington and Lee University School of Law. The below budget represents a maximum created for the purposes of Financial Aid (and educational loans). When considering projected living expenses, it should be noted it is quite possible to live in Lexington for much less than the figure listed below. Furthermore, when comparing the relative costs associated with attending various law schools, students are encouraged to focus on the total cost of attendance and not simply tuition.The costs for the 2019-2020 academic year are:

2020-21 (1L,2L) 2020-21 (3L)
Tuition (JD and LLM) $50,060 $50,060
Student Activity Fees $545 $545
SBA Fees $220 $220
Technology Fee $320 $320
Health Services Fee $250 $250
Mandatory Dining Fee $1,000 $0
Projected Books/Supplies $2,980 $2,980
Projected Living Expense Allowance $14,125 $15,125
Loan fees $1,500 $1,500
TOTAL BUDGET $71,000 $71,000

*The dining plan provides 1Ls and 2Ls with $1,000 towards food purchased (tax exempt) at any on-campus dining facility.  Please see the Dining Services website for additional information about the seven different eateries on campus.  Student may also elect to add additional funds for on-campus dining, or to purchase a larger meal plan.  The dining plan is billed to 1Ls and 2Ls but NOT to students in their 3L year.