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Schools Offering Law Programs in Montana

Around 0.8% of Montana's graduates graduate from law degree programs every year. That means an estimated 139 law professionals graduate from Montana's 8 law schools each year.

Top Schools

The University of Montana, which is located in Missoula, is the top-ranked school in Montana that has a law program. It received a ranking of 37th in the country in 2010. 91 students graduated with a degree in law from The University of Montana in 2010. Students at The University of Montana paid $5,476 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Montana that has a law program is Dawson Community College. Dawson Community College, which was ranked 78th in the country in 2010, is located in Glendive. In 2010, 8 students graduated from Dawson Community College law program. Students at Dawson Community College paid $2,856 per year in tuition fees.

The third-ranked school in Montana with a law program is Montana State University-Billings, which is located in Billings. In 2010, it was ranked 78th nationwide. In 2010, 6 students graduated from Montana State University-Billings law program. The tuition rate at Montana State University-Billings was $5,242 per year.


Law schools in Montana, charge students an average tuition of $5,468 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $18,956 per year, or as little as $2,190 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Montana law schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. University of Great Falls - located in Great Falls, students are charged $18,956 per year
  2. The University of Montana - located in Missoula, students are charged $5,476 per year
  3. Montana State University-Billings - located in Billings, students are charged $5,242 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Montana law schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Blackfeet Community College - located in Browning, students are charged $2,190 per year
  2. Fort Belknap College - located in Harlem, students are charged $2,410 per year
  3. Dawson Community College - located in Glendive, students are charged $2,856 per year

A law degree from a Montana 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 Montana. Montana had 7,610 law professionals in 2010. 1,910 of these law professionals were lawyers, 170 were law clerks, and 50 were administrative judges. In Montana, the largest numbers of law professional work in the following counties:

  1. Beaverhead County - 2,250 law professionals
  2. Carbon County - 1,110 law professionals
  3. Flathead County - 990 law professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of law professionals in Montana will grow by 14%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 7,290 law professionals working in Montana. The greatest growth for law professional is predicted to be amongst Police Detectives, who are expected to increase by 20% by 2018.


law professionals in Montana earn $44,692 per year on average. However, this number is only an average. Law professional in Montana had varying salaries from $15,610 to $147,850 per year in 2010. The following counties in Montana have the highest average salaries for law professionals:

  1. Missoula County - $50,297 per year
  2. Beaverhead County - $46,590 per year
  3. Flathead County - $45,724 per year

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

  1. Carter County - $40,557 per year
  2. Cascade County - $43,020 per year
  3. Big Horn County - $44,239 per year

On average, the highest paid law professionals in Montana were:

  1. Lawyer - $76,080 per year
  2. Police Detective - $68,980 per year
  3. Administrative Judge - $68,860 per year

The law professionals with lowest average salaries in Montana were:

  1. Court Clerk - $29,150 per year
  2. Bailiff - $22,060 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Montana statistics regarding a career in law. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as forensic accounting or public administration.

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  • Associate's Degree in Law in Montana
  • Bachelor's Degree in Law in Montana
  • Doctoral Degree in Law in Montana
  • Certificate in Law in Montana

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Lawyers 1,910 $76,080 10.4%
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1,780 $44,270 7.2%
Legal Secretaries 920 $29,370 29.6%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 890 $38,060 45.9%
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 710 $29,150 82.1%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 520 $68,980 116.7%
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 370 $38,040 68.2%
Judicial Law Clerks 170 $37,330
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 150 $41,710 7.1%
Fish and Game Wardens 100 $42,390
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers 50 $68,860 0.0%
Bailiffs 40 $22,060 33.3%

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