Program Costs


Tuition and student fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors and are subject to change. Tuition fees are payable in two installments; due dates occur in the first week of September and of January. Tuition fee deferment may be automatic if you applied for a student loan before July 31.

JD Program for 2020/21:

Tuition for domestic students starting first year in the JD program in 2020/21 is $402.87 per credit ($12,891.84 for first year and $12,086.10 for each of second and third year - note that the amount for upper years can vary depending on how many credits are taken in each year). For international students, it is $1,167.50 per credit ($37,360.00 for first year and $35,025.00 for each of second and third year). First year is 32 credits and upper years are typically 30 credits each. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduate Program

For graduate program fees refer to each individual program:

Student Fees

Student fees are approximately $1,200 per year for J.D. students and approximately $800 per year for Law graduate students.

 These mandatory fees are charged as well as tuition and pay for:

Full details are available in the Fees section of the UBC Calendar.


Books and related supply costs are estimated below.  Exact costs will depend upon your course of study.

  • J.D. books cost approximately $1,600 for First year, and $1,400 annually in Second & Third year
  • LL.M., M.Jur. and Ph.D. books cost approximately $3,300 per year.

Living Expenses

Living expenses form a large part of school year costs.  Personal experiences vary, and can depend on whether you live on or off campus.

Estimated living expenses for a single student for 8 months while at Law school are:

  • Living ON-campus, approximately $9,200 assuming:
    $5,186 (based on studio in Gage residence) + $300/mo (groceries) + $200/mo (entertainment/misc)
  • Living OFF-campus, approximately: $10,400 assuming:
    $800/mo (rent & utilities) + $300/mo (groceries) + $200/mo (entertainment/misc)


When budgeting for your personal living expenses, remember to include:

  • rent or mortgage payments
  • damage deposit
  • insurance
  • groceries
  • restaurants, cafeteria lunches
  • utilities:  hydro, phone, internet, cable
  • clothing & laundry (including professional attire for law interviews)
  • personal hygiene products
  • interest (loan, credit cards)
  • entertainment
  • transportation costs (e.g. taxis, trips home)
  • other miscellaneous costs

CanLearn has a useful Financial Planner to calculate your budget online.