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 2022-2023 estimated cost of attendance 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.

2022-2023 (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Required Tuition and Fees
Tuition (first year) $51,000
Technology Fee $400
Student Health Fee $528
Activity Fee $100
Total Required Tuition and Fees $52,028
Estimated Additional Expenses
Average Loan Fee (for federal student loan borrowers) $1,142
Books and Supplies $1,530
Housing and Utilities $11,700
Food $3,690
Personal Expenses $2,700
Health Insurance $2,834
Transportation $3,120
Total Estimated Additional Expenses $26,716
Total Estimated Budget $78,744



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 the current tuition rate with a discount of fifty percent (50%).

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 2022-2023 Health Insurance Premium is $2,834 ($1,417 per semester).

Wellness Fee

The Wellness Fee provides student use of on-campus recreation facilities and activities. Law students have the option to waive the Wellness Fee. 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 2022-2023 Wellness Fee is $382 ($191 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 or research or teaching assistantships available for S.J.D. candidates.