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:

    Tuition   $49,075 (JD)
    Mandatory Student Activity Fee   $530
    Mandatory Technology Fee   $320
    Mandatory Health Services Fee   $250
    Mandatory Student Bar Association Fee   $215
    Mandatory Dining Plan (for 1Ls & 2Ls)*   $1,000
    Projected Books/Supplies   $3,000 
    Projected Living Expenses (off campus)   $14,125
    Loan Fees (estimated)   $2,000
Total      $70,515 (JD)

*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.