preLaw - Spring 2017 - 20
Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
dropped its average debt by nearly 20 percent to $81,579. The school has either held
the line or only slightly increased tuition
during each of the past five years, while also
increasing scholarship offerings.
"We want to make sure our students
are leaving with manageable debt," said
Associate Dean Frank Durand.
For the 2016-17 school year, tuition for
full-time residential students was slightly less
than the region's average, at $26,749. Add
about another $12,000 for non-residents.
To the east is The University of New
Mexico School of Law, No. 7 on the Best
Value list. The school has the third lowest
tuition in the region, at $18,104, and 84
percent of its Class of 2015 landed a job
within 10 months.
"The University of New Mexico School
of Law is known for keeping our class size
small so that students get to know their
professors and fellow students and there's
more time for class discussion," said Dean
Alfred Mathewson. "The UNM School of
Law has consistently ranked as one of the
best educational values in the country. Our
tuition is affordable, and students graduate
to jobs that put their legal training to use."
It's also perhaps the only law school in
Lewis & Clark Law School
The University of New Mexico School of
Law, No. 7 on the Best Value list, has the
third lowest tuition in the region.
the country with a Court of Appeals on
campus, so students can attend hearings of
pending cases, rehearse for moot court and
take a class taught by a judge.
This year, University of Idaho College of
Law opened a first-year law program at its
Boise campus. Previously, all students completed their first year at the Moscow campus
and then could transfer to Boise, if they
desired, for their second and third years.
"Our dual location model is really
unique to us," said Dean Mark Adams. "It
has expanded what we are able to offer. Our
Moscow location benefits from being part
of the greater university setting with opportunities for cross-college collaboration,
particularly in our Natural Resources and
Environmental Law and Native American
Law areas, while our Boise location offers
opportunities for government and entrepreneurship study."
The school, which was ranked No. 8
among Best Value schools, has taken steps
to reduce student debt by awarding grants
to students doing summer internships in
public-interest areas, by educating students
on debt management and by emphasizing
the importance of developing job-seeking
skills. The Class of 2015 achieved an 85
percent employment rate.
For prospective law students who are
Montana residents, Alexander Blewett III
School of Law at University of Montana has
the lowest full-time tuition of the region's
schools, at $11,451. That's half the cost of
the average tuition in the region.