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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.


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.


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

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