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Cost of Attendance - Juris Doctor (JD)
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 by 3.0 - 3.5% each year. We are currently expecting a 2% increase for the 2021-22 academic 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.

2021-22 Estimated Cost of Attendance

Living at Home Living On/Off Campus
Tuition (estimate based on 2% increase) $69,998 $69,998
Mandatory Fees $965 $965
Books/Supplies $2,100 $2,100
Housing Allowance $0 $12,376
Board $6,498 $6,498
Personal/Misc $2,448 $2,448
Transportation $2,602 $2,602




Fall 2021 Estimated Tuition and Fee Schedule

The figures below represent the cost for the fall 2021 semester. These fees are also charged in the same amount for the spring semester unless otherwise noted.

Tuition (estimate based on 3% increase) $34,999
Student Bar Association Fee (Optional)$25
Student Services Fee (Mandatory)$410
Norman Topping Scholarship Fund (Mandatory) $8
Graduate Student Programming Fee (Mandatory) $45
USC Health Insurance Plan (Can be waived, if proof of coverage provided) $800
Public Interest Law Fund (Optional) $25
Tuition Refund Insurance (Optional) $130
Parking Permit (Optional) $500
USC Dental Insurance (Optional) $136 (fall only, 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. Overall, financial aid for USC Gould students has increased 172% since 2011 to improve the actual cost and value.