Tuition and Expenses

Wake Forest University School of Law offers small classes and a personalized atmosphere that provides individualized attention and mentoring by its professors and administration to each student.

Below is the 2021-22 estimated cost of attendance based on 9-month figures for Fall and Spring semesters. Similar to the majority of other private and public universities in the U.S. during the last decade, tuition and expenses have increased annually for Wake Forest University. The average tuition rate increase for the Wake Forest University School of Law SJD Program over the last three years has been 4%.

2021-2022 (Fall and Spring Semesters)

REQUIRED TUITION AND FEES
Tuition $49,276
Technology Fee $400
Student Health Fee $490
Total Required Tuition and Fees $50,166
ESTIMATED ADDITIONAL EXPENSES
Average Loan Fee (for federal student loan borrowers only) $972
Books and Supplies $1,440
Housing and Utilities $10,760
Food $3,450
Personal Expenses $2,380
Health Insurance $2,724
Transportation $1,650
Total Estimated Additional Expenses $23,376
Total Estimated Budget $73,542

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  • Dependent care expenses incurred by the student can be added to the cost of attendance on an individual basis. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Students who will be accompanied by dependent family members should allow an additional $7,000 for a spouse and $4,000 for each accompanying child.

Following the first year of required residency, S.J.D. students will register for six (6) credit hours of Supervised Dissertation during each semester until his dissertation is completed and his degree is awarded. During this period, the student will be charged the current tuition rate with a discount of fifty percent (50%).

Students who are not adequately covered by a health insurance policy will be required to purchase WFU’s Student Blue Health Insurance.

Additional fees include one that covers student use of on-campus recreation facilities and activities. Graduate students may opt to have the fee waived online through the Wake Information System (WIN). To access the waiver, log into WIN and click on the Personal tab. Waiver Request for the Wellness Fee will be the last option under the Personal tab. Graduate students who elect to opt out of the wellness fee will not have access to campus wellness, recreation and fitness facilities, equipment and related programs, including intramural sports and club sports. The 2021-2022 Wellness Fee is $372 ($186 per semester).


Located in a scenic region of North Carolina, the cost of living in Winston-Salem can be much less expensive than in large urban areas where many other public or private schools are located.

Financial assistance for graduate education is quite limited. There are no law school scholarships, research or teaching assistantships available for S.J.D. candidates.