Tuition & Financial Aid

LL.M. Program Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) or budget for a student is an estimate of that student’s educational expenses for the period of enrollment. The Higher Education Act of 1965 specifies that a student’s COA includes tuition and fees normally assessed for a student carrying the same academic workload and an allowance for living expenses, such as room and board, books and supplies, personal, and transportation costs. The law also provides limited allowances for loan fees, dependent-care costs, and expenses for disabled students. The following tables show the average expenses for a nine-month academic year based on 2016-17 fee levels. Students should take into account their own spending and the possibility of unforeseen expenses.

International students admitted to the law school will be required to document their financial support for their studies in the U.S. for visa purposes. This process is not part of the application for admission. For all matters concerning visas, consult with Berkeley International Office, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-2321, or email InternationalOffice@berkeley.edu.

LL.M. Program Expenses*

Fall
2017

Spring
2018

Academic Year
2017-2018

Tuition and Fees (Total)

$29,823

 $29,823

$59,646

Living Expenses (Total)

$12,427.00

$12,427.00

$24,854.00

 Rent & Utilities**

$6,558.00

$6,558.00

$13,116.00

Food**

$3,506.00

$3,506.00

$7,012.00

 Personal (maintenance, clothing, recreation, etc.)**

$790.00

$790.00

$1,580.00

 Transportation**

$1,573.00

$1,573.00

$3,146.00

Books & Supplies (approximate)

  $750.00

  $750.00

$1,500.00

Health Insurance Fees***

 $2,231.00

 $2,231.00

$4,462.00

Note: For Summer 2017 Professional Track students only, fees are expected to total $27,456.50 plus $1315 for SHIP.

*Tuition and fees are the same for LL.M. Traditional, Professional, or Thesis Track. For Professional Track, approximately half of the total tuition and fees is due each summer semester. Since tuition for the traditional track may rise from year to year, professional track students’ second summer tuition fees may be higher than the first summer. Projections for the next year will be available in spring. Because this program does not distinguish between in or out-of-state fees, there are no discounts for California residents. 

**Based on off-campus housing and expenses for 9 months. Living expenses in the Bay Area are high. By university estimates, a single student should budget a minimum of around $1,500 per month. Add $850 per month for a spouse accompanying a married student; add $750 a month for each dependent child accompanying the student. These are minimum amounts that will provide only a very frugal living for a student. Students need to take account of their own spending patterns and of the possibility of unforeseen expenses when planning their budgets.

***If you have comparable insurance, you may waive enrollment. Go to the University Health Services website for more information.

All questions regarding fees, deposits or refunds should be directed to the Advanced Degree Programs Office.