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SJD

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 2018-19 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 2018-19 academic year1 $45,360
Student Health Fee2 $426
Technology Fee $275
Wellness Fee3 $348
Total billed expenses $46,409

Estimated additional expenses:

Books and supplies
 $1,180
Food  $4,036
Student health insurance  $2,648
Personal Expenses  $2,500
Room/Utilities5  $8,200
Transportation6  $2,700
Total estimated budget: $21,246
 

Estimated cost of attendance:

$67,673 


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 $426 will be charged (at $213 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.