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Schools Offering Law Programs in Michigan

Approximately 1.5% of graduates in of Michigan receive law degrees every year. That means an estimated 4,329 law professionals graduate from Michigan's 71 law schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Michigan with a law program is Michigan State University, which is located in East Lansing. In 2010, it was ranked 16th nationwide. In 2010, 234 students graduated from Michigan State University's law program. Tuition at Michigan State University was $11,152 per year.

The second-ranked school in Michigan with a law program is Grand Valley State University, which is located in Allendale. In 2010, it was ranked 29th nationwide. In 2010, 206 students graduated from Grand Valley State University law program. Tuition at Grand Valley State University was $9,088 per year.

The third-ranked school in Michigan that has a law program is Central Michigan University. Central Michigan University, which was ranked 33rd in the country in 2010, is located in Mount Pleasant. In 2010, Central Michigan University graduated 4 students from its law programs. Central Michigan University charged in-state students $9,688 in tuition fees per year.


Tuition at Michigan's law schools ranges from $30,660 per year to $2,028 per year. But, the average tuition is $8,606 per year. In 2010, the law schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Michigan were:

  1. University of Detroit Mercy - located in Detroit, students are charged $30,660 per year
  2. Adrian College - located in Adrian, students are charged $25,900 per year
  3. Concordia University-Ann Arbor - located in Ann Arbor, students are charged $21,182 per year

The following Michigan law schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. West Shore Community College - located in Scottville, students are charged $2,028 per year
  2. Washtenaw Community College - located in Ann Arbor, students are charged $2,088 per year
  3. Henry Ford Community College - located in Dearborn, students are charged $2,104 per year

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

Some of the most popular jobs law graduates in Michigan pursue include law clerk, administrative judge, police officer, court clerk, and paralegal. Michigan had 50,800 law professionals in 2010. 12,790 of these law professionals were lawyers, 470 were law clerks, and 430 were administrative judges. The largest populations of Michigan law professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Lapeer County - 15,060 law professionals
  2. Wayne County - 12,700 law professionals
  3. Barry County - 3,760 law professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 64,250 law professionals will be working in Michigan. This would require the number of law professional to grow by 5%.


On average, law professionals earn a salary of $63,137 per year in Michigan state. However, Michigan law professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $18,310 per year to more than $164,030 per year in 2010. Law professionals in the following Michigan counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Barry County - $70,406 per year
  2. Lapeer County - $69,294 per year
  3. Genesee County - $65,760 per year

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

  1. Alcona County - $44,547 per year
  2. Berrien County - $48,793 per year
  3. Jackson County - $50,398 per year

The law professionals with highest average salaries in Michigan were:

  1. Lawyer - $111,630 per year
  2. Administrative Judge - $97,110 per year
  3. Judge - $89,140 per year

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

  1. Law Clerk - $40,850 per year
  2. Court Clerk - $37,240 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Michigan 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 Michigan
  • Bachelor's Degree in Law in Michigan
  • Master's Degree in Law in Michigan
  • Doctoral Degree in Law in Michigan
  • Certificate in Law in Michigan

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 15,780 $51,840 -13.7%
Lawyers 12,790 $111,630 -11.2%
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 5,900 $37,240 23.9%
Legal Secretaries 5,110 $42,640 -30.6%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 4,970 $49,510 30.1%
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 2,470 $54,170 5.6%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 1,840 $78,600 -8.9%
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 680 $89,140 -5.6%
Judicial Law Clerks 470 $40,850
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers 430 $97,110 38.7%
Bailiffs 360 $41,780 0.0%

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