U.S. News data shows UB Law grads’ debt load is light

Release Date: November 5, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The latest data on a much-talked-about issue in legal education, the amount of education debt carried by new graduates, shows that University at Buffalo Law School grads carry less debt than nearly 90 percent of their peers.

In a study rank-ordering total student debt from lowest to highest, UB law school ranks 21st among 184 U.S. law schools in its graduates’ total debt load. This puts the school among the best 12 percent nationwide in terms of lowest debt carried by its graduates.

The UB Law School is the only New York State law school in the top 30, and second among law schools in the Northeastern United States.  

The data represented average education debt for 2014 graduates, the latest information available. It was gathered by U.S. News & World Report magazine, which publishes a much-discussed annual ranking of law schools.

Analysis shows that 81 percent of UB Law students graduate with some debt, and that among those who owed money for their education, the average amount was just over $76,000.

By comparison, at the other end of the indebtedness list, graduates of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, in San Diego, averaged more than $172,000 in debt. Similarly, graduates of the private New York Law School in Manhattan had average indebtedness of over $166,000.

Full-time tuition for New York State residents studying at UB Law School is $26,097 a year.

Graduating with lower education debt means that new alumni feel less financial pressure to seek out higher-paying jobs in traditional law firms. UB Law School has a long tradition of sending its graduates into public-service legal positions, from district attorney’s offices to non-profits providing legal services to indigent clients.

Since its founding in 1887, University at Buffalo Law School – the State University of New York system’s only law school – has established an excellent reputation and is widely regarded as a leader in legal education. Its cutting-edge curriculum provides both a strong theoretical foundation and the practical tools graduates need to succeed in a competitive marketplace, wherever they choose to practice. A special emphasis on interdisciplinary studies, public service and opportunities for hands-on clinical education makes the UB Law School unique among the nation’s premier public law schools.

Media Contact Information

Ilene Fleischmann
Vice Dean for Alumni, PR and Communications
Law School
Tel: 716-645-7347
fleisch@buffalo.edu