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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 3-5% each year.

Law students are strongly discouraged from working during the first year, but may hold part-time employment of up to 20 hours per week during the second and third years.

2023-24 Estimated Cost of Attendance

Living at Home Living On/Off Campus
Tuition $76,438 $76,438
Mandatory Fees $1,600 $1,600
Books/Supplies $2,200 $2,200
Housing $2,592 $12,600
Food $7,290 $7,290
Personal/Miscellaneous $2,620 $2,620
Transportation $2,764 $2,764




2023-24 Estimated Tuition and Fee Details

The figures below represent estimated costs for the fall 2023 and spring 2024 semesters.

Student Expense Fall Charge Spring Charge Status
Tuition $38,219 $38,219 Mandatory
Student Bar Association Fee $60 $60 Mandatory
Student Health Services Fee $600 $600 Mandatory
Norman Topping Scholarship Fund $11 $11 Mandatory
Graduate Student Programming Fee $40 $40 Mandatory
Transportation Fee $93 $93 Mandatory
USC Health Insurance Plan $948 $1,754 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 (approx.) $500 (approx.) 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.

3L students only will have an increased Estimated Cost of Attendance to accommodate 'Licensing Fees'(approx. $1,670) as applicable for the State Bar Examination.

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.