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Schools Offering Law Programs in North Carolina


Approximately 2.3% of graduates in of North Carolina receive law degrees every year. In other words, every year an estimated 5,013 law professionals graduate from North Carolina's 101 law schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in North Carolina with a law program is Duke University, which is located in Durham. In 2010, it was ranked 10th nationwide. 296 students graduated with a degree in law from Duke University in 2010. Duke University charged in-state students $40,243 in tuition fees per year.

The second-ranked school in North Carolina with a law program is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which is located in Chapel Hill. In 2010, it was ranked 12th nationwide. In 2010, 237 students graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill law program. Students at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill paid $6,665 per year in tuition fees.

North Carolina State University at Raleigh, which is located in Raleigh, is the third-ranked school in North Carolina that has a law program. It received a ranking of 20th in the country in 2010. North Carolina State University at Raleigh charged in-state students $6,529 in tuition fees per year.

Cost

Tuition at North Carolina's law schools ranges from $40,243 per year to $1,422 per year. But, the average tuition is $7,603 per year. In 2010, the following North Carolina law schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Duke University - located in Durham, students are charged $40,243 per year
  2. Wake Forest University - located in Winston Salem, students are charged $39,970 per year
  3. Guilford College - located in Greensboro, students are charged $28,800 per year

The following North Carolina law schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Randolph Community College - located in Asheboro, students are charged $1,422 per year
  2. Vance-Granville Community College - located in Henderson, students are charged $1,454 per year
  3. Southeastern Community College - located in Whiteville, students are charged $1,455 per year

A law degree from a North Carolina school... what next?

Many North Carolina law graduates become a law clerk, administrative judge, police officer, court clerk, and paralegal. North Carolina had 50,260 law professionals in 2010. 9,900 of these law professionals were lawyers, 50 were law clerks, and 150 were administrative judges. The largest populations of North Carolina law professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Anson County - 11,480 law professionals
  2. Franklin County - 6,670 law professionals
  3. Bladen County - 3,550 law professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of law professionals in North Carolina will grow by 11%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 62,030 law professionals working in North Carolina. The greatest growth for law professional is predicted to be amongst Paralegals, who are expected to increase by 27% by 2018.

Salary

law professionals in North Carolina make an average of $56,218 per year. But, salaries for law professional can vary. In 2010, law professional made as little as less than $15,980 per year or as much as more than $160,760 per year in North Carolina. Law professionals in the following North Carolina counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Greene County - $67,988 per year
  2. Franklin County - $60,945 per year
  3. Anson County - $58,959 per year

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

  1. Edgecombe County - $32,263 per year
  2. Buncombe County - $39,124 per year
  3. Brunswick County - $40,110 per year

The law professionals with highest average salaries in North Carolina were:

  1. Lawyer - $122,970 per year
  2. Administrative Judge - $94,010 per year
  3. Judge - $72,290 per year

The law professionals with lowest average salaries in North Carolina were:

  1. Bailiff - $35,210 per year
  2. Court Clerk - $30,040 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in law in North Carolina 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 North Carolina
  • Bachelor's Degree in Law in North Carolina
  • Master's Degree in Law in North Carolina
  • Doctoral Degree in Law in North Carolina
  • Certificate in Law in North Carolina

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 19,040 $40,460 17.8%
2
Lawyers 9,900 $122,970 5.3%
3
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 9,280 $41,650 40.0%
4
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 3,660 $50,990 47.0%
5
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 2,680 $38,480 -18.8%
6
Legal Secretaries 2,120 $42,810 -59.8%
7
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 1,810 $30,040 21.5%
8
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 1,250 $72,290 17.9%
9
Bailiffs 320 $35,210 28.0%
10
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers 150 $94,010 -42.3%
11
Judicial Law Clerks 50 $49,490
 

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