Sturm College of Law

Cost of Attendance

Below, you'll see estimated costs for students in Sturm College of Law programs.

We do not automatically assume students in the law school will take courses in the summer term, so you won't see those costs listed below. Eligibility for financial aid for the summer is limited; if you need aid for the summer term, you must complete a separate application in the spring.

Learn more about direct vs. indirect costs.

Cost of Attendance Overview

 

Estimate Your Bill:

The figures listed below are general estimates. If you'd like to get a more precise calculation of what you'll be billed each quarter of the 2020-21 academic year, use our estimated billing worksheet. (Note: To use this worksheet, you'll need a financial aid offer, which is sent once you have applied for aid and have been admitted to a graduate program for the fall of 2020.)

Download the 2020-2021 Estimated Billing Worksheet (Excel document)

JD Program Costs

These costs reflect the academic year (fall and spring semester), and should be used for general planning purposes. Your individual costs may vary depending on the number of classes you take each semester.

2020-2021 Academic
Year Costs

Full-Time JD Program

2020-2021 Full-Time JD Program Costs

Tuition is $1,796 per credit hour. The estimated one-year cost is $57,512 for the 2020-2021 academic year, and is based on taking 15 credits each each semester. Your actual course load may be different.

Category Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Total
Tuition (15 credits) $26,940 $26,940 $53,880
Fees* $166 $166 $332
Health Insurance** $1,650 $1,650 $3,300
Total Cost $28,756 $28,756 $57,512

*Fees not listed in the above table include:

  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program Fee = $90 (one-time/first semester only)
  • Health and Counseling Fee = $600/year (optional)

**If you participate in the DU Student Health Insurance Program, you will be charged only in the fall and spring quarters for 12-month coverage. You may waive participation in the program if you are covered by another plan.

Part-Time JD Program

2020-2021 Part-Time JD Program Costs

Tuition is $1,796 per credit hour. The estimated one-year cost is $43,084 for the 2020-2021 academic year, and is based on taking 11 credits each semester. Your actual course load may be different.

Category Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Total
Tuition (11 credits) $19,756 $19,756 $39,512
Fees* $136 $136 $272
Health Insurance** $1,650 $1,650 $3,300
Total Cost $21,542 $21,542 $43,084

*Fees not listed in the above table include:

  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program Fee = $90 (one-time/first semester only)
  • Health and Counseling Fee = $600/year (optional)

**If you participate in the DU Student Health Insurance Program, you will be charged only in the fall and spring quarters for 12-month coverage. You may waive participation in the program if you are covered by another plan.

Indirect Costs

Indirect Costs

These estimated costs are not billed by the University, and are determined by the Colorado Department of Education and Financial Aid. Your actual expenses and the costs that appear on your financial aid offer may be different.

Learn more about indirect costs.

Category Cost
Books $1,000
Housing & Meals
   Based on living off campus.
$15,984
Transportation
   e.g., gas, parking
$1,535
Personal Expenses
   e.g., cell phone, clothes
$1,440
Loan Fees* $212
Total $20,171

*A 1.059% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The loan fees listed above are the average for graduate students who borrowed these loans last year. Actual fees will depend on the amount you borrow (if any).

2019-2020 Academic
Year Costs

Full-Time JD Program

2019-2020 Full-Time JD Program Costs

Tuition is $1,753 per credit hour. The estimated one-year cost is $56,072 for the 2019-20 academic year, and is based on taking 15 credits each semester. Your actual course load may be different.

Category Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Total
Tuition (15 credits) $26,295 $26,295 $52,590
Fees* $166 $166 $332
Health Insurance** $1,575 $1,575 $3,150
Total Cost $28,036 $28,036 $56,072

*Fees not listed in the above table include:

  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program Fee = $90 (one-time/first semester only)
  • Health and Counseling Fee = $600/year (optional)

**If you participate in the DU Student Health Insurance Program, you will be charged only in the fall and spring quarters for 12-month coverage. You may waive participation in the program if you are covered by another plan.

Part-Time JD Program

2019-2020 Part-Time JD Program Costs

Tuition is $1,753 per credit hour. The estimated one-year cost is $41,998 for the 2019-20 academic year, and is based on taking 11 credits each semester. Your actual course load may be different.

Category Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Total
Tuition (11 credits) $19,283 $19,283 $38,566
Fees* $136 $136 $272
Health Insurance** $1,575 $1,575 $3,150
Total Cost $20,994 $20,994 $41,988

*Fees not listed in the above table include:

  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program Fee = $90 (one-time/first semester only)
  • Health and Counseling Fee = $600/year (optional)

**If you participate in the DU Student Health Insurance Program, you will be charged only in the fall and spring quarters for 12-month coverage. You may waive participation in the program if you are covered by another plan.

Indirect Costs

Indirect Costs

These estimated costs are not billed by the University, and are determined by the Colorado Department of Education and Financial Aid. Your actual expenses and the costs that are listed on your financial aid offer may be different.

Learn more about indirect costs.

Category Cost
Books $1,200
Housing & Meals
   Based on living off campus.
$15,651
Transportation
   e.g., gas, parking
$1,535
Personal Expenses
   e.g., cell phone, clothes
$1,404
Loan Fees* $220
Total $20,010

*A 1.066% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The loan fees listed above are the average for graduate students who borrowed these loans last year. Actual fees will depend on the amount you borrow (if any).

Master's Program Costs

These costs reflect the academic year, and should be used for general planning purposes. Your individual costs may vary depending on the number of classes you take each term.

2020-2021 Costs

LLM, Master of Legal Studies, & Full-Time Master of Taxation

2020-2021 LLM, Master of Legal Studies, & Full-Time Master of Taxation Program Costs

Tuition is $1,796 per credit hour. The estimated one-year cost is $46,712 for the 2020-2021 academic year, and is based on taking 12 credits each semester. Your actual course load may be different.

Category Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Total
Tuition (12 credits) $21,552 $21,552 $43,104
Fees* $154 $154 $308
Health Insurance** $1,650 $1,650 $3,300
Total Cost $23,356 $23,356 $46,712

*Fees not listed in the above table include a $300/semester Health and Counseling fee (optional).

**If you participate in the DU Student Health Insurance Program, you will be charged only in the fall and spring quarters for 12-month coverage. You may waive participation in the program if you are covered by another plan.

Online MSLA & Part-Time Master of Taxation

2020-2021 Online MSLA & Part-Time Master of Taxation Program Costs

Tuition is $1,796 per credit hour. The estimated one-year cost is $25,084 for the 2020-2021 academic year, and is based on taking 6 credits each semester. Your actual course load may be different.

Category Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Total
Tuition (6 credits) $10,776 $10,776 $21,552
Fees* $116 $116 $232
Health Insurance** $1,650 $1,650 $3,300
Total Cost $12,542 $12,542 $25,084

*Fees not listed in the above table include a $300/semester Health and Counseling fee (optional).

**If you participate in the DU Student Health Insurance Program, you will be charged only in the fall and spring quarters for 12-month coverage. You may waive participation in the program if you are covered by another plan.

Indirect Costs

Indirect Costs

These estimated costs are not billed by the University, and are determined by the Colorado Department of Education and Financial Aid. Your actual expenses and the costs that appear on your financial aid offer may be different.

Learn more about indirect costs.

Category Cost
Books $1,000
Housing & Meals
   Based on living off campus.
$15,984
Transportation
   e.g., gas, parking
$1,535
Personal Expenses
   e.g., cell phone, clothes
$1,440
Loan Fees* $212
Total $20,171

*A 1.059% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The loan fees listed above are the average for students who borrowed these loans last year. Actual fees will depend on the amount you borrow (if any).

2019-2020 Costs

LLM & Master of Legal Studies

2019-2020 LLM & Master of Legal Studies Program Costs

Tuition is $1,753 per credit hour. The estimated one-year cost is $56,072 for the 2019-2020 academic year, and is based on taking 15 credits each semester. Your actual course load may be different.

Category Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Total
Tuition (15 credits) $26,295 $26,295 $52,590
Fees* $166 $166 $332
Health Insurance** $1,575 $1,575 $3,150
Total Cost $28,036 $28,036 $56,072

*Fees not listed in the above table include a $300/semester Health and Counseling fee (optional).

**If you participate in the DU Student Health Insurance Program, you will be charged in the fall and spring semesters for 12-month coverage. You may waive participation in the program if you are covered by another plan.

Online MSLA

2019-2020 Online MSLA Program Costs

Tuition is $1,753 per credit hour. The estimated one-year cost is $27,932 for the 2019-2020 academic year, and is based on taking 7 credits each semester. Your actual course load may be different.

Category Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Total
Tuition (7 credits) $12,271 $12,271 $24,542
Fees* $120 $120 $240
Health Insurance** $1,575 $1,575 $3,150
Budget Total $13,966 $13,966 $27,932

*Fees not listed in the above table include a $300/semester Health and Counseling fee (optional).

**If you participate in the DU Student Health Insurance Program, you will be charged only in the fall and spring quarters for 12-month coverage. You may waive participation in the program if you are covered by another plan.

Full-Time Master of Taxation

2019-2020 Full-Time Master of Taxation Program Costs

These costs will appear on your University bill, and are based on the number of credits you take each quarter. For the 2019-20 academic year, tuition is $1,426 per credit. The table below assumes 12 credits of enrollment per term, but your actual enrollment may be different.

Category Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Total
Tuition (12 credits) $17,112 $17,112 $17,112 $51,336
Fees $118 $118 $118 $354
Health Insurance* $1,575 --- $1,575 $3,150
Budget Total $18,805 $17,230 $18,805 $54,840

*If you participate in the DU Student Health Insurance Program, you will be charged only in the fall and spring quarters for 12-month coverage. You may waive participation in the program if you are covered by another plan.

Part-Time Master of Taxation

2019-2020 Part-Time Master of Taxation Program Costs

These costs will appear on your University bill, and are based on the number of credits you take each quarter. For the 2019-20 academic year, tuition is $1,426 per credit. The table below assumes 4 credits of enrollment per term, but your actual enrollment may be different.

Category Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Total
Tuition (4 credits) $5,704 $5,704 $5,704 $17,112
Fees $77 $77 $77 $231
Budget Total $5,781 $5,781 $5,781 $17,343

Indirect Costs

Indirect Costs

These estimated costs are not billed by the University, and are determined by the Colorado Department of Education and Financial Aid. Your actual expenses and the costs that appear on your financial aid offer may be different.

Learn more about indirect costs.

Category Cost
Books $1,200
Housing & Meals
   Based on living off campus.
$15,651
Transportation
   e.g., gas, parking
$1,535
Personal Expenses
   e.g., cell phone, clothes
$1,404
Loan Fees* $220
Total $20,010

*A 1.059% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The loan fees listed above are the average for students who borrowed these loans last year. Actual fees will depend on the amount you borrow (if any).

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Enrollment Adjustments for Law Students

Your cost of attendance and financial aid are based on the typical enrollment in your program:

  • Full-time JD students and most LLM and master's students: 12-15 credits
  • Part-time JD students: 8-11 credits
  • Part-time MSLA students: 4-7 credits

We verify the enrollment all students enrolled in the Sturm College of Law (with the exception of graduate tax students) at the end of the 100% add/drop period each semester. If you are enrolled for fewer or more credits than listed above—or you are enrolled for both semester and quarter credits—you may need to have your cost of attendance and financial aid adjusted. If you are enrolled in fewer credits than anticipated, your financial aid refund may be too large and DU will bill you for overpayment after the end of the add/drop period. If you are enrolled in more credits than anticipated, you will receive a smaller refund to use for living expenses (if you plan on borrowing for those).

You can revise your cost of attendance by completing an Enrollment Adjustment Form and indicating your intended enrollment in the "Standard Enrollment Adjustment" or "Dual-Degree Enrollment" sections.

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