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Trying to decide between Lincoln Law School and Santa Clara University? We’re here to help!


Lincoln’s mission in the heart of Silicon Valley is to make legal education affordable and accessible to adults whose personal commitments or full-time careers might otherwise prevent them from pursuing a graduate-level degree. While there are a multitude of features that make Lincoln great, three major points in particular help us stand out against Santa Clara.

Costs at Lincoln Law School are Lower than Santa Clara University School of Law

To help our students succeed, we keep our tuition at an affordable flat rate of $22,000 per school year. In contrast, the annual tuition at Santa Clara University School of Law averages out to approximately $58,464. Altogether, the tuition for the four-year program at Lincoln comes out to $88,000 total. A JD degree from Lincoln costs less than half of the same education from Santa Clara. 

The part-time class schedule at Lincoln also allows our students to maintain their current source of income while pursuing their legal education. Lincoln students find our class schedule ideal for making school both accessible and affordable. Ultimately, both schools will provide students with a great education and experience, but only one will cost you nearly $200,000 and saddle you with decades of debt. Our application process and financial aid directors will walk you through every step of the way, so you can finish your education with a law degree, free from unsurmountable debt, and into the career you’ve always dreamed of. 

Class Size at Lincoln Law School Makes Certain You Aren’t Just a Number

In addition to our low tuition fees, the way Lincoln functions allows us to keep our class sizes small. The average class at Lincoln has 20 students – compared to the approximate 220 students per class at Santa Clara. At Lincoln, the small class size allows for the faculty and resources to be more accessible and easily tailored to one’s individual experience.

In addition to tuition fees totaling less than 50% of those at Santa Clara, the way Lincoln is designed also allows us to keep our class sizes small. The average class at Lincoln has 20 students – compared to the approximate 220 students per class at Santa Clara. At Lincoln, the small class size allows for the faculty and resources to be more accessible and easily tailored to one’s individual experience. Because of this, Lincoln is Silicon Valley’s best value for legal education – not only in financial terms, but also in access to faculty and staff.

Small class size allows for more individual attention, increased participation, and better communication between the instructor and students. Studies indicate that a smaller student to teacher ratio lead to faster learning, higher retention rates, and more personalized instruction. This is one of the reasons our testimonials consistent rank us as one of the most flexible graduate programs. 

Lincoln Law School Offers Flexible Schedules, So You Can Focus on More than ‘Just’ Being a Student

Three year JD programs, like the one at Santa Clara University, often cause students to sacrifice their current professions in favor of becoming full-time students. We know that adults don’t always have the time or means to attend class in the middle of the day. Lincoln is specifically designed to give working professionals the flexibility they need by holding classes in the evening. This means students at Lincoln don’t have to put their lives or careers on hold for law school.

The right academic program and law school education should be accessible to everyone in the Silicon Valley. At Lincoln, we’re making sure that’s the case. If you’re looking for a law school that is comparable to the Santa Clara University School of Law without the costs associated with it, then Lincoln Law School San Jose is the choice for you. 

Santa Clara University statistics for 2020 and 2021 were collected from data on their site.

Getting Started

If you are considering a law degree, then we want you considering Lincoln. Lincoln Law School of San Jose offers JD and MLS programs. Call admissions at (408) 977-7227 or contact us here to learn more about our programs, and start improving your life and the lives of those around you, today.