Tuition at U.S. law schools continues to increase even as demand for law degrees declines. And the increases are particularly pronounced at the elite schools that send the most graduates into the nation’s largest law firms.

Columbia last year set annual tuition at $60,274 and Cornell Law School was not far behind. Altogether, 10 law schools charge more than $55,000 a year. It was just five years ago that Columbia, Cornell and Yale first crossed the $50,000 tuition mark.

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