The average law school graduate has more than $140,000 in student loan debt by the time they earn their degree. So picking a program that offers a high salary and a good return on investment is critical.
While elite schools still dominate SoFi's rankings with high average salaries, lesser-known programs, such as Brigham Young University, offered graduates a better value when you consider salary-to-debt ratios.
Graduates of the top three law schools on SoFi's highest salary list — Columbia University, Cornell University and New York University — all earn starting salaries above $175,000. The median annual wage for lawyers was $115,820, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (See the list below.)