Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
 

Fees and Additional Expenses

The chart below is used to determine financial need and is designed to provide students with a modest but realistic standard of living; it reflects the average education-related costs of attending Southwestern. The rent amount for on-campus housing reflects an average of units available but actual costs will range above and below that figure based on the specific unit a student selects. All amounts are estimates and your actual expenses may vary.

Extra costs that students with disabilities may incur while pursuing legal studies are considered when determining financial need. Federal and state programs may provide additional resources.

If your living expenses exceed the average living expenses, you should consider completing the Budget Increase Application. This may allow you to increase your overall budget and change your financial aid eligibility.

The chart below is also available in a printable version (PDF)

 
On Campus - Furnished Apartment
Off Campus - House or Apartment
Off Campus - Commuting from Relative's Home
 

Monthly

Semester

Monthly

Semester

Monthly

Semester

Room and Board

 
 
 
 
 
 
Rent
$1,400
 
$1,550
 
$275
 
Food
$500
 
$500
 
$375
 
Utilities
$100
 
$230
 
$85
 
TOTAL
$2,000
 
$2,280
 
$735
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Books and Supplies

 
 
 
 
 
 
Full-time Day
 
$625
 
$625
 
$625
Evening & PLEAS
 
$400
 
$400
 
$400
SCALE

$938

$938
 
$938
LL.M. Full-time
  $500   $500   $500
 LL.M. Part-time
  $400   $400   $400
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Transportation

 
 
 
 
 
 
Gas & Oil
$120
 
$240
 
$240
 
Insurance
$130
 
$130
 
$130
 
TOTAL
$250
 
$370
 
$370
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Personal Expenses

 
 
 
 
 
 
Laundry/Dry Cleaning
$50
 
$50
 
$50
 
Non-Utility Bills
$50
 
$50
 
$50
 
Health Insurance*
$1,840.221

$1,840.221
 
$1,840.221
Entertainment
$100
 
$100
 
$50
 
Cable
$0
 
$80
 
$0
 
Cell Phone
$70
 
$70
 
$70
 
TOTAL
$270
 
$350
 
$220
 

Non-Refundable Student Services Fee2

Fall/Spring $200
SCALE I and II
$250
Summer
$50


Graduating students receive an additional budget allowance of $1,456 for Bar Exam Fees.

Parking charges per term: Day/Pleas $255; Evening $77; SCALE $145-$205. All students pay $40 for parking during the summer term. On Campus Residents' Parking is $75/month.

Note1: All first-year SCALE students are charged $2,077.18.
Note2: Student Services Fees for 1 term attendance is explained in the Student Handbook.