A law school education is expensive because it’s valuable.
From its earliest days, Buffalo’s law school has tried to
make a legal education accessible to talented students from all
walks of life. But excellence comes at a cost – among other
expenses, for star-quality faculty and modern facilities.
A look at annual tuition rates for in-state students over SUNY Buffalo Law School’s 125-year history graphically demonstrates that scholarship support is vital to keeping a legal education within reach. (These figures have not been adjusted for inflation.)
In 1890, a daily newspaper for 2 cents
In 1900, "tooth soap" for 25 cents
In 1940, a Philco refrigerator for $239
In 1960, "Talking Barbie" for $7.97
In 2000, a personal computer for $3,000
Our 125th Anniversary called for an icon that was symbolic to
Buffalo and the law. We chose the statue "Contemplation of Justice"
that sits to the left of the front steps of the United States
Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. The statue was designed
by James Earle Fraser in 1933, yet Fraser's most recognized work
may be the 1913 five-cent coin known as the "Buffalo Nickel."