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The Top 10 Least Expensive Public Law Schools

Law Schools That Won't Break the Bank

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If the economy has you reconsidering expensive public law schools like the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia, then I'm going to recommend one of the public law schools listed below. According to the U.S. News and World Report, these law schools are the least expensive out of all the public law schools in the country. They may be relatively cheap, but if you take some time to check them out, you'll see that the price doesn't dictate the education you'll receive.

1. North Carolina Central University; Durham, North Carolina

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In-state tuition and fees: $6,856
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $18,956

Fun Facts: Ranked as one of the top 20 law schools in the nation, this law school, originally founded to educate students with an African-American background, now boasts a diverse population of students who "are committed to public service and to meeting the needs of people and communities that are underserved by or that are under-represented in the legal profession."

Admissions: Call 919-530-7173 or email recruiter@nccu.edu

2. The University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law

In-state tuition and fees: $7,350
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $14,700

Fun Facts: UDC-DCSL was created from two separate law schools: the Antioch School of Law and the District of Columbia School of Law. Like North Carolina Central, this law school prides itself in creating attorneys whose sole purpose is to help meet the needs of the truly needy. Who was David A. Clarke? He was a law professor and civil rights leader who spearheaded the founding of the District's public law school and its special program that requires law students to perform clinical service in the D.C. area.

Admissions: Call 202-274-7341 or email lawadmission@udc.edu

3. Florida A&M University; Orlando, Florida

In-state tuition and fees: $7,600
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $26,635

Fun Facts: Established in 1949, FAMU is the largest African-American university campus in terms of enrollment. It boasts important alumni, like state representatives, congressmen, and a Florida secretary of state. One of its goals is to provide a diverse range of future community leaders who are "sensitive to the needs of all people."

Admissions: Call 407-254-3286 or email famulaw.admissions@famu.edu

4. University of North Dakota; Grand Forks, ND

In-state tuition and fees: $9,210
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $19,852

Fun Facts: The UND School of Law was founded in 1899, and possesses a wide range of successful alumni from Supreme Court Justices all the way to private practice attorneys. It offers its students a variety of clubs and organizations to become involved with like Law Review, Moot Court Board, Student Bar Association, Law Women's Caucus, and the Student Trial Association. For fun, they hold an annual Malpractice football tournament between the law and medical students.

Admissions: Call 1-800-CALL UND or email admissions@law.und.edu

5. University of Mississippi; University, MS

In-state tuition and fees: $9,350
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $19,620

Fun Facts: "Ole Miss" as the school's been affectionately dubbed, prides itself in tenets like fairness and civility, personal and professional integrity, academic honesty, and freedom. Founded in 1854, it is one of the oldest law schools in the country and currently has approximately 500 enrolled students, 37 teachers and an expansive law library with over 350,000 volumes.

Admissions: Call 662-915-6910 or email lawmiss@olemiss.edu

6. University of Wyoming; Laramie, WY

In-state tuition and fees: $9,541
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $20,191

Fun Facts: If you want smaller class sizes, this may be the school for you – it's one of the smallest law schools in the country with only 16 professors and approximately 200 students. Situated 7,200 feet in the foothills of the Medicine Bow Range Mountains, you can study one of the required classes like Administrative Law, Bankruptcy, or Civil Pretrial Practice surrounded by natural beauty.

Admissions: Call 307-766-6416 or email lawadmis@uwyo.edu

7. University of South Dakota; Vermillion, SD

In-state tuition and fees: $9,620
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $18,817

Fun Facts:Although USD Law is another one of the small law schools with only 220 enrollees, it offers diverse academic opportunities like natural resources law, health law and policy, American Indian law, and business and capital formation. Plus, since it is such an intimate setting, the student to faculty ratio is one of the best in the United States. Also, if you don't get invited to attend USD with regular admittance, you could participate in their Law Screening Program, which offers hopeful attendees two classes and another chance at admittance.

Admissions: Call 605-677-5443 or email lawreq@usd.edu

8. University of Montana; Missoula, MT

In-state tuition and fees: $10,174
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $22,596

Fun Facts: Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, you'll be surrounded by natural beauty at this law school; you'll also experience man-made beauty as well, with the new Law Building, which opens the Summer of 2009. Founded in 1911, this school prides itself on its ability to incorporate law theory with practicality. Here, you'll "draft contracts, create corporations, counsel clients, negotiate transactions, try a case to a jury and argue an appeal" – all real-world stuff. Plus, with only 83 other students, you'll have one-on-one access to the law professionals teaching the classes.

Admissions: Call 406-243-2698 or email heidi.fanslow@umontana.edu

9. CUNY – Queens College; Flushing, NY

In-state tuition and fees: $10,610
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $16,510

Fun Facts: Although it's relatively new as far as law schools go with a founding date of 1983, CUNY consistently ranks in the top 10 law schools in the country for clinical training. In fact, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg praised the college as "an institution of incomparable value." With its primary focus on producing attorneys to serve the underprivileged in their communities and a uniquely diverse student population, it stands out from its more established counterparts.

Admissions: Call 718-340-4210 or email admissions@mail.law.cuny.edu

10. West Virginia University; Morgantown, WV

In-state tuition and fees: $10,644
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $24,010

Fun Facts: 870 applicants tried to gain access to WVU last year; 147 succeeded. Since 1878, when it was founded, WVU College of Law prides itself on its faculty's ability to mentor students toward earning publication, gaining judicial clerkships, or running symposia on cutting-edge topics. In addition, Morgantown, the small town that hosts the school, has been voted one of the best small college towns as well as one of the best areas for outdoor recreation.

Admissions: Call 304-293-5304 or email: wvulaw.admissions@mail.wvu.edu

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