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Schools Offering Law Programs in Illinois


Around 1.7% of Illinois's graduates graduate from law degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 6,250 law professionals graduate from Illinois' 99 law schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois with a law program is Northwestern University, which is located in Evanston. In 2010, it was ranked 7th nationwide. In 2010, Northwestern University graduated 522 students from its law program. The tuition rate at Northwestern University was $40,223 per year.

Loyola University Chicago, which was ranked 28th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a law program. It is located in Chicago. In 2010, 551 students graduated from Loyola University Chicago law program. Tuition at Loyola University Chicago was $32,114 per year.

University of Illinois at Chicago, which was ranked 28th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Illinois that has a law program. It is located in Chicago. 151 students graduated with degree in law from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010. The tuition rate at University of Illinois at Chicago was $12,053 per year.

Cost

Tuition at Illinois' law schools ranges from $42,041 per year to $2,194 per year. But, the average tuition is $11,148 per year. In 2010, the law schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Illinois were:

  1. University of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $42,041 per year
  2. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  3. Illinois Institute of Technology - located in Chicago, students are charged $32,442 per year

The law schools in Illinois that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Elgin Community College - located in Elgin, students are charged $2,194 per year
  2. Prairie State College - located in Chicago Heights, students are charged $2,348 per year
  3. Waubonsee Community College - located in Sugar Grove, students are charged $2,352 per year

A law degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Law clerk, police officer, court clerk, paralegal, and police detective are the professions of choice for a majority of law graduates in Illinois. 92,230 law professionals were working in Illinois in 2010. Of these, 28,720 were lawyers. In addition, 1,660 were law clerks, and 30,110 were police officers. In Illinois, the largest numbers of law professional work in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 67,600 law professionals
  2. Lake County - 3,650 law professionals
  3. Adams County - 2,230 law professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of law professionals in Illinois will grow by 11%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 117,770 law professionals working in Illinois. The greatest growth for law professional is predicted to be amongst Paralegals, who are expected to increase by 25% by 2018.

Salary

law professionals in Illinois earn $68,417 per year on average. However, this number is only an average. Law professional in Illinois had varying salaries from $17,240 to $147,460 per year in 2010. Law professionals in the following Illinois counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Cook County - $79,576 per year
  2. Lake County - $73,441 per year
  3. Vermilion County - $71,720 per year

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

  1. Champaign County - $52,466 per year
  2. Kankakee County - $54,287 per year
  3. McLean County - $55,285 per year

The law professionals with highest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Judge - $162,810 per year
  2. Lawyer - $132,620 per year
  3. Police Detective - $83,270 per year

The law professionals with lowest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Court Clerk - $32,890 per year
  2. Bailiff - per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in law and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as forensic accounting or public administration.

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

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

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,131 miles from location University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign IL 49.1299 41% 43,881
6,125 miles from location College of DuPage Glen Ellyn IL 13.8242 n/a 27,083
6,104 miles from location University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago IL 70.7646 34% 26,840
6,133 miles from location American InterContinental University-Online Schaumburg IL 19.0736 100% 26,630
6,103 miles from location DePaul University Chicago IL 35.6436 31% 25,072
6,162 miles from location Northern Illinois University Dekalb IL 31.3806 29% 24,424
6,172 miles from location Illinois State University Normal IL 37.9275 35% 21,184
6,182 miles from location Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale IL 29.5829 31% 20,350
6,106 miles from location Northwestern University Evanston IL 92.7945 32% 19,853
6,123 miles from location College of Lake County Grayslake IL 13.4699 n/a 18,092
6,113 miles from location Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills IL 13.4837 n/a 17,774
6,103 miles from location Loyola University Chicago Chicago IL 72.1483 15% 15,879
6,126 miles from location Harper College Palatine IL 12.7765 n/a 15,711
6,114 miles from location Triton College River Grove IL 11.7006 n/a 15,706
6,130 miles from location Joliet Junior College Joliet IL 10.654 n/a 15,288
6,101 miles from location University of Chicago Chicago IL 45.3883 36% 15,094
6,221 miles from location Southwestern Illinois College Belleville IL 13.7244 n/a 14,440
6,221 miles from location Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville IL 27.5134 33% 13,940
6,104 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College Chicago IL 7.0577 n/a 13,174
6,200 miles from location Illinois Central College Peoria IL 15.7341 n/a 13,049
6,111 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Chicago IL 8.94698 n/a 12,866
6,261 miles from location Western Illinois University Macomb IL 32.0587 31% 12,679
6,116 miles from location Oakton Community College Des Plaines IL 11.0092 n/a 12,087
6,139 miles from location Elgin Community College Elgin IL 15.1103 n/a 11,704
6,107 miles from location Northeastern Illinois University Chicago IL 17.0681 36% 11,631
6,146 miles from location Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove IL 14.036 n/a 10,532
6,107 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College Chicago IL 7.92862 n/a 9,991
6,134 miles from location Parkland College Champaign IL 15.5147 n/a 9,633
6,173 miles from location Rock Valley College Rockford IL 14.228 n/a 8,659
6,175 miles from location John A Logan College Carterville IL 13.1135 n/a 8,568
6,103 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Chicago IL 6.60952 n/a 8,464
6,235 miles from location Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey IL 11.0347 n/a 8,179
6,138 miles from location Lake Land College Mattoon IL 14.784 n/a 7,945
6,103 miles from location Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago IL 69.9334 26% 7,707
6,204 miles from location Lincoln Land Community College Springfield IL 12.2962 n/a 7,677
6,103 miles from location Roosevelt University Chicago IL 22.8963 28% 7,306
6,102 miles from location South Suburban College South Holland IL 10.1002 n/a 7,279
6,102 miles from location Chicago State University Chicago IL 15.9923 34% 7,235
6,103 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College Chicago IL 7.01976 n/a 7,180
6,141 miles from location McHenry County College Crystal Lake IL 13.7359 n/a 6,811
6,248 miles from location Black Hawk College Moline IL 12.4029 n/a 6,267
6,165 miles from location Rend Lake College Ina IL 19.4494 n/a 5,871
6,102 miles from location Prairie State College Chicago Heights IL 9.7858 n/a 5,854
6,125 miles from location Lewis University Romeoville IL 29.2285 33% 5,847
6,127 miles from location Benedictine University Lisle IL 26.9664 34% 5,836
6,205 miles from location Bradley University Peoria IL 35.5501 24% 5,800
6,106 miles from location Governors State University Park Forest IL 1.76028 n/a 5,674
6,181 miles from location Kaskaskia College Centralia IL 17.5689 n/a 5,337
6,110 miles from location Morton College Cicero IL 12.3642 n/a 5,290
6,173 miles from location Heartland Community College Normal IL 13.4655 n/a 5,266
6,107 miles from location Saint Xavier University Chicago IL 62.0777 14% 5,028
6,204 miles from location University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield IL 32.5018 37% 4,977
6,105 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Wabash Valley College Mount Carmel IL 20.0365 n/a 4,810
6,100 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College Chicago IL 5.66937 n/a 4,777
6,167 miles from location Kishwaukee College Malta IL 13.1722 n/a 4,735
6,114 miles from location Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais IL 28.6851 66% 4,666
6,103 miles from location Robert Morris University Illinois Chicago IL 24.0041 40% 4,619
6,178 miles from location Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby IL 16.1917 n/a 4,529
6,140 miles from location Aurora University Aurora IL 24.849 36% 4,355
6,107 miles from location Kankakee Community College Kankakee IL 13.4446 n/a 4,298
6,170 miles from location Richland Community College Decatur IL 12.4452 n/a 3,595
6,098 miles from location Danville Area Community College Danville IL 12.2748 n/a 3,584
6,119 miles from location Elmhurst College Elmhurst IL 64.8476 30% 3,363
6,126 miles from location University of St Francis Joliet IL 58.1609 35% 3,352
6,139 miles from location Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg IL 13.8934 n/a 2,941
6,174 miles from location Shawnee Community College Ullin IL 14.0648 n/a 2,834
6,296 miles from location John Wood Community College Quincy IL 14.7388 n/a 2,757
6,244 miles from location Carl Sandburg College Galesburg IL 14.1935 n/a 2,661
6,198 miles from location Sauk Valley Community College Dixon IL 15.3721 n/a 2,504
6,104 miles from location Kendall College Chicago IL 19.6033 46% 2,389
6,170 miles from location Millikin University Decatur IL 61.8731 28% 2,314
6,138 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Frontier Community Coll Fairfield IL 20.2739 n/a 2,009
6,103 miles from location Ellis University Chicago IL 2.23534 n/a 1,950
6,298 miles from location Quincy University Quincy IL 21.8699 29% 1,845
6,122 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Olney Central College Olney IL 14.4703 n/a 1,627
6,193 miles from location Greenville College Greenville IL 55.1301 35% 1,576
6,124 miles from location University of Phoenix-Chicago Campus Schaumburg IL 7.13197 n/a 1,546
6,178 miles from location Rasmussen College-Illinois Rockford IL 11.0663 n/a 1,353
6,103 miles from location Argosy University-Chicago Chicago IL 1.56274 n/a 1,348
6,191 miles from location Lincoln College Lincoln IL 21.2522 59% 1,304
6,137 miles from location Judson University Elgin IL 26.4629 44% 1,231
6,100 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Lincoln Trail College Robinson IL 19.6738 n/a 1,231
6,111 miles from location Northwestern College-Southwestern Campus Bridgeview IL 18.6599 74% 1,195
6,110 miles from location Northwestern College Chicago IL 14.8452 88% 935
6,114 miles from location Westwood College-O'Hare Airport Chicago IL 16.0541 n/a 888
6,103 miles from location Westwood College-Chicago Loop Chicago IL 15.4518 n/a 885
6,124 miles from location Argosy University-Schaumburg Schaumburg IL 1.27286 n/a 773
6,175 miles from location Rockford Career College Rockford IL 19.2314 n/a 752
6,204 miles from location Midstate College Peoria IL 17.5414 100% 650
6,218 miles from location Blackburn College Carlinville IL 19.8699 30% 607
6,124 miles from location Westwood College-Dupage Woodridge IL 16.3637 n/a 582
6,097 miles from location Westwood College-River Oaks Calumet City IL 19.3758 100% 579
6,116 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Orland Park Orland Park IL 26.0399 100% 562
6,206 miles from location Springfield College in Illinois Springfield IL 23.0466 n/a 559
6,118 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Mount Prospect Mount Prospect IL 31.3178 100% 549
6,237 miles from location MacMurray College Jacksonville IL 28.2629 33% 518
6,118 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Oak Brook Oak Brook IL 22.7824 100% 425
6,251 miles from location Brown Mackie College-Quad Cities Moline IL 18.986 n/a 246
6,103 miles from location MacCormac College Chicago IL 15.9918 n/a 151
 

Curious what studying Law gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Illinois

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers + 30,110 $66,680 -2.4%
2
Lawyers + 28,720 $132,620 0.0%
3
Legal Secretaries + 13,040 $43,760 -0.2%
4
Paralegals and Legal Assistants + 9,010 $52,700 44.2%
5
Detectives and Criminal Investigators + 2,970 $83,270 -18.6%
6
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists + 2,170 $62,790 -21.7%
7
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks + 1,970 $32,890 -9.2%
8
Judicial Law Clerks + 1,660 $46,650
9
Bailiffs + 1,520 n/a
10
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates + 1,060 $162,810 -3.6%
 

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