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Schools Offering Law Programs in California

Approximately 2.0% of graduates in of California receive law degrees every year. In other words, every year an estimated 17,894 law professionals graduate from California's 253 law schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in California with a law program is Stanford University, which is located in Stanford. In 2010, it was ranked 2nd nationwide. 213 students graduated with a degree in law from Stanford University in 2010. Students at Stanford University paid $40,172 per year in tuition fees.

University of California-Berkeley, which is located in Berkeley, is the second-ranked school in California that has a law program. It received a ranking of 5th in the country in 2010. 532 students graduated with degree in law from University of California-Berkeley in 2010. Tuition at University of California-Berkeley was $10,940 per year.

University of California-Los Angeles, which is located in Los Angeles, is the third-ranked school in California that has a law program. It received a ranking of 5th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 418 students graduated from University of California-Los Angeles law program. Students at University of California-Los Angeles paid $10,781 per year in tuition fees.


Tuition at California's law schools ranges from $41,022 per year to $624 per year. But, the average tuition is $6,567 per year. In 2010, the law schools that charged the highest tuition rates in California were:

  1. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $41,022 per year
  2. Scripps College - located in Claremont, students are charged $40,450 per year
  3. Claremont McKenna College - located in Claremont, students are charged $40,230 per year

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

  1. West Hills College Lemoore - located in Lemoore, students are charged $624 per year
  2. San Joaquin Delta College - located in Stockton, students are charged $624 per year
  3. Barstow Community College - located in Barstow, students are charged $624 per year

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

Law clerk, administrative judge, police officer, court clerk, and paralegal are the professions of choice for a majority of law graduates in California. In 2010, there were 245,260 law professional working in California, including 68,010 lawyers, 4,040 law clerks, and 1,650 administrative judges. The following counties have the largest number of California law professionals:

  1. Los Angeles County - 66,260 law professionals
  2. El Dorado County - 20,440 law professionals
  3. Orange County - 18,470 law professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of law professionals in California will grow by 9%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 286,300 law professionals working in California. The greatest growth for law professional is predicted to be amongst Paralegals, who are expected to increase by 19% by 2018.


law professionals in California earn $86,049 per year on average. But, salaries for law professional can vary. In 2010, law professional made as little as less than $17,620 per year or as much as more than $147,970 per year in California. The counties in California with the highest average salary for law professionals are:

  1. Kings County - $108,850 per year
  2. Los Angeles County - $90,200 per year
  3. San Benito County - $85,976 per year

Law professionals in the following counties in California make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Merced County - $47,857 per year
  2. Del Norte County - $56,226 per year
  3. Lassen County - $57,309 per year

The law professionals with highest average salaries in California were:

  1. Judge - $175,100 per year
  2. Lawyer - $155,740 per year
  3. Administrative Judge - $116,750 per year

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

  1. Law Clerk - $48,580 per year
  2. Court Clerk - $43,460 per year

More Information

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

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 75,730 $77,290 5.0%
Lawyers 68,010 $155,740 12.7%
Legal Secretaries 29,230 $49,940 -19.9%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 27,260 $59,790 11.9%
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 12,930 $77,070 -1.2%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 12,720 $90,150 45.2%
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 11,770 $43,460 164.5%
Judicial Law Clerks 4,040 $48,580
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 1,750 $175,100 12.9%
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers 1,650 $116,750 19.6%
Bailiffs 170 $52,670 70.0%

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