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 2023-2024 estimated cost of attendance (COA) based on 9-month figures for fall and spring semesters. Please note that tuition and fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Historically, tuition has increased 2%-5% annually.

2023-2024 (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Required Tuition and Fees
Tuition (first year)* $53,142
Technology Fee $400
Student Health Fee $550
Activity Fee $100
Student Health Insurance** $2,858
Total Tuition and Fees $57,050
Estimated Additional Expenses
Books, Course Materials, Supplies, and Equipment $1,400
Housing and Utilities $14,400
Food $4,050
Personal Expenses $2,700
Transportation $3,120
Average Loan Fee (for federal student loan borrowers) $1,276
Total Estimated Additional Expenses $26,946
Total Estimated COA $83,996



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 budget 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 the dissertation is completed and the degree is awarded. During this period, the student will be charged a discounted tuition rate. The 2023-2024 tuition rate for returning S.J.D. students (years 2-5) is $26,570, or $13,285 per semester.

**Health Insurance

Health insurance is required by the University for all degree-seeking students and offered as an option for those needing coverage. Students sponsored on the F-1 or J-1 visas will be required to hold a certain level of coverage. Please visit the Student Health Insurance Program website for more information. Students who are adequately insured by their own coverage must waive prior to the fall semester each year. The 2023-2024 Health Insurance Premium is $2,858 ($1,429 per semester). The benefits period is August 1 through July 31.

Wellness Fee

Law students are assessed a Wellness Fee which provides student use of on-campus recreation facilities and activities. Law students have the option to waive the fee each semester. To access the waiver, log into WIN > Personal tab > Wellness Waiver. 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 such as intramurals and club sports. The 2023-2024 Wellness Fee is $394 ($197 per semester). Students electing to waive this fee must actively request the waiver each 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 or research or teaching assistantships available for S.J.D. candidates.