UT’s Law Degree Ranked Most Valuable

Everything’s bigger in Texas—including the value of a law degree.

The University of Texas’ School of Law nabbed the No. 1 spot on U.S. News’ list of schools with the highest return on law degrees. That means law students leave UT with the least amount of debt relative to their first-year salaries.

The University beat out the likes of Stanford and Yale for the top spot on the list, which was computed by comparing the private-sector starting salaries and average student debt loads of recent grads.

UT’s median starting salary for 2011 law school grads was $155,000, and average debt for 2012 grads was $86,312, making our salary-to-debt ratio 1.796. That places us significantly ahead of second-place University of North Carolina, whose salary-to-debt ratio is 1.577.

Photo from Our Texas: A Celebration of the University of Texas in Pictures, by Jim Nicar, Susan Sigmon, Jim Sigmon, and Avrel Seale.


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