Racial Differences in Law School Scholarships and Debt Levels

More than 21,000 students at 80 U.S. law schools responded to the 2015 Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE). The survey is administered by the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University.

The study found that 90 percent of law school students accumulated student loan debt. For graduates of private law schools, the average debt load in 2012 was $127,000. Graduates of public law schools had average debt of $88,000. The LSSSE data shows that in 2015, 61 percent of Black law school graduates had accumulated more than $100,000 in student loan debt. About 40 percent of White law school graduates had student loan debt of more than $100,000.

The LSSSE survey reports that 71 percent of all law school students received some type of financial aid. Nearly four fifths of all scholarships for students at U.S. law schools were merit based. More than two-thirds of White respondents received merit scholarships, compared to less than half of Black respondents.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

In Memoriam: Roscoe Hightower Jr., 1966-2024

Dr. Hightower was a professor of marketing at his alma mater, historically Black Florida A&M University, where he taught for over two decades. He also served the university as the Centennial Eminent Scholar Chair and Professor of Marketing and Facility Management.

Higher Education Gifts or Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Featured Jobs