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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.

Tuition & Estimated Expenses for the SJD program during the 2017/2018 academic year are below. 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%.

Expenses billed to your student account:

Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year $44,470
Student Health fee
Graduation fee $60
Technology fee $250
Wellness fee* $300
Total billed expenses: $45,470

Estimated additional expenses:

Books and supplies
Food  $2,700
Student health insurance
Personal Expenses  $2,000
Total estimated budget: $20,830

Estimated cost of attendance:


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.  An additional fee of $390 will be charged (at $195 per semester) to all incoming students for on-campus Student Health Services.

*The Wellness Fee 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). 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.

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.