The law schools that bestow the largest debt burden
As high-paying graduate jobs become ever more scarce in the US, the debt burden carried by law students is becoming a point of considerable controversy. US News recently conducted a survey to shed some light on the scale of the personal debt. Among 195 ranked law schools surveyed annually by U.S. News, 191 reported that the average indebtedness of graduating students in 2011 was $100,584, and some students are graduating with upwards of $150,000 in debt.
John Marshall Law School in Chicago has the dubious honour of reporting debt figures higher than any other law school in the country. Its 2011 graduates left the school with an average indebtedness of $165,178. At the other end of the scale, graduates of Georgia State University had the lowest average debt, at $19,971.
Among the 10 law schools that sent their graduates out with the highest debt load, only one ranked within the top 15 law schools in the country: Northwestern University ranked 12th in the 2013 rankings, and its graduates had an average debt load of $139,101.
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