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Juris Doctor (JD) - Cost of Attendance
USC Gould School of Law

The average cost of attendance is detailed below and includes tuition, fees, books and living expenses during the nine-month academic year. This amount also represents the maximum total financial aid package (all loans and grants combined) you can expect to receive per year.

USC Gould students pay the same tuition rate regardless of their state of residence. Please note that rates for tuition and fees are set annually and are subject to change. In recent years, tuition has increased by 2-4% each year.

Law students are not permitted to work during the first year, but may hold part-time employment of up to 20 hours per week during the second and third years.

2022-23 Estimated Cost of Attendance

Living at Home Living On/Off Campus
Tuition $72,798 $72,798
Mandatory Fees $1200 $1200
Books/Supplies $2,200 $2,200
Housing Allowance $0 $12,600
Dining $6,930 $6,930
Personal/Miscellaneous $2,422 $2,422
Transportation $2,628 $2,628




2022-23 Estimated Tuition and Fee Details

The figures below represent costs for the fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters.

Student Expense Fall Charge Spring Charge Status
Tuition $36,399 $36,399 Mandatory
Student Bar Association Fee $25 $25 Mandatory
Student Health Services Fee $527 $527 Mandatory
Norman Topping Scholarship Fund $8 $8 Mandatory
Graduate Student Programming Fee $40 $40 Mandatory
USC Health Insurance Plan $805 $1468 Can be waived, if proof of coverage provided
Public Interest Law Fund $25 $25 Optional
Tuition Refund Insurance $120 (approx.) $120 (approx.) Optional
Parking Permit $500 $500 Optional
USC Dental Insurance $136 NA Fall only enrollment, but coverage is for the full year

Note: Admission deposit credit will be split in half with one-half being credited to your fall semester bill and the other half to your spring bill.

Paying for Your Degree

USC's Office of Student Financial Services offers numerous payment options, including an interest-free USC Payment Plan for tuition, fees, university housing, meals and other charges, paid in monthly installments.