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Schools Offering Law Programs in Florida


Each year, roughly 2.3% of Florida students graduate with degrees in law. In other words, every year an estimated 11,411 law professionals graduate from Florida's 123 law schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Florida that has a law program is University of Miami. University of Miami, which was ranked 20th in the country in 2010, is located in Miami. In 2010, University of Miami graduated 587 students from its law program. The tuition rate at University of Miami was $37,836 per year.

The second-ranked school in Florida with a law program is University of Central Florida, which is located in Orlando. In 2010, it was ranked 20th nationwide. 695 students graduated with degree in law from University of Central Florida in 2010. The tuition rate at University of Central Florida was $5,021 per year.

University of South Florida-Main Campus, which is located in Tampa, is the third-ranked school in Florida that has a law program. It received a ranking of 28th in the country in 2010. In 2010, University of South Florida-Main Campus graduated 27 students from its law programs. Tuition at University of South Florida-Main Campus was $5,198 per year.

Cost

If you are hoping to attend one of Florida's law schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $9,177 per year, though tuition can range from $37,836 per year to $2,158 per year. In 2010, the law schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Florida were:

  1. University of Miami - located in Miami, students are charged $37,836 per year
  2. Stetson University - located in De Land, students are charged $33,424 per year
  3. Lynn University - located in Boca Raton, students are charged $30,900 per year

The following Florida law schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Palm Beach State College - located in Lake Worth, students are charged $2,158 per year
  2. Santa Fe College - located in Gainesville, students are charged $2,167 per year
  3. Pensacola State College - located in Pensacola, students are charged $2,179 per year

A law degree from a Florida school... what next?

Many Florida law graduates become a law clerk, police officer, court clerk, paralegal, and police detective. If you decide to work as a law professional in Florida, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 135,370 Florida law professional as of 2010. This number includes 41,240 lawyers, 1,460 law clerks, and 36,540 police officers. The largest populations of Florida law professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Miami-Dade County - 23,220 law professionals
  2. Hernando County - 19,390 law professionals
  3. Broward County - 16,620 law professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of law professionals in Florida will grow by 6%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 162,500 law professionals working in Florida. The greatest growth for law professional is predicted to be amongst Paralegals, who are expected to increase by 23% by 2018.

Salary

law professionals in Florida make an average of $57,893 per year. However, Florida law professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $16,270 per year to more than $166,310 per year in 2010. The following counties in Florida have the highest average salaries for law professionals:

  1. Flagler County - $123,930 per year
  2. Hernando County - $68,666 per year
  3. Collier County - $65,890 per year

On average, law professionals earn the least in the following Florida counties:

  1. Calhoun County - $38,835 per year
  2. Charlotte County - $44,750 per year
  3. Indian River County - $45,253 per year

The law professionals with highest average salaries in Florida were:

  1. Lawyer - $118,040 per year
  2. Judge - $116,000 per year
  3. Police Detective - $70,550 per year

On average, the lowest paid law professionals in Florida were:

  1. Law Clerk - $34,500 per year
  2. Court Clerk - $32,610 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in law in Florida and to compare salaries with various related fields such as forensic accounting or public administration, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Law in Florida
  • Bachelor's Degree in Law in Florida
  • Master's Degree in Law in Florida
  • Doctoral Degree in Law in Florida
  • Certificate in Law in Florida

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Lawyers 41,240 $118,040 12.9%
2
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 36,540 $55,840 -4.2%
3
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 19,690 $46,180 13.7%
4
Legal Secretaries 14,410 $40,140 -25.2%
5
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 6,960 $70,550 3.0%
6
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 6,490 $32,610 22.0%
7
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 5,260 $37,740 -8.7%
8
Judicial Law Clerks 1,460 $34,500
9
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 1,400 $116,000 53.8%
10
Bailiffs 1,370 $44,720 39.8%
11
Fish and Game Wardens 550 $40,500
 

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