Below is the dynamic cost model, to accompany Martin J. Katz’s article, Understanding the Costs of Experiential Legal Education, which appears in the Journal of Experiential Learning.

You can adjust any of the assumptions relating to Compensation Costs, Faculty Costs, or Administrative Costs. The cost per student credit hour for each type of course will then be calculated in the table at the bottom of the page.

Compensation Costs

Type of Faculty or Staff Average Salary Average Stipend Benefit Rate Average Development Budget Average Compensation Costs
Tenure Line  
Non-Tenure Line  
Admin. Staff  
Fellow/Staff Attorney  

Faculty Costs

Type of Course Type of Faculty Average Compensation % of salary Alloc. to Course Type Courses / Year Credits / Course Students / Course FT Faculty in Dept.
Experiential
In-House Clinic
Externship
Simulation
1st Yr. Lawyering
Traditional Courses
Large Podium
Medium Podium
Small Podium
Seminar
Avg. Podium Load*  

* This assumes that the average podium faculty member teaches one of each type of podium class per year.

Administrative Costs

Type of Course Admin. Staff Staff Attys + Fellows Outside Atty Fees Discovery + Expert Fees Other Admin Costs Fee Awards + Grants Students / Fellow
Experiential
In-House Clinic
Externship
Simulation
First Year Lawyering
Traditional Courses
Large Podium
Medium Podium
Small Podium
Seminar
Avg. Podium

Costs per Student Credit Hour

Type of Course Compen­sation Costs Courses / Year Cost / Course Credits / Course Cost / Credit Students / Course Cost / Student Credit Total Admin Cost / Year Faculty in Dept Fellows in Dept Students / Fellow Student Credits / Dept Admin Cost / Student Credit Total Cost / Student Credit
In-House Clinic
Extern­ship
Sim­ulation
1st Year Law­yering
Large Pod­ium
Medium Pod­ium
Small Pod­ium
Seminar
Average Podium