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Schools Offering Law Programs in Texas

Approximately 1.8% of graduates in of Texas receive law degrees every year. Thus, Texas' 150 law schools put out approximately 9,560 law professionals each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Texas that has a law program is The University of Texas at Austin. The University of Texas at Austin, which was ranked 11th in the country in 2010, is located in Austin. 438 students graduated with a degree in law from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010. The University of Texas at Austin charged in-state students $9,418 in tuition fees per year.

The second-ranked school in Texas with a law program is Texas A & M University, which is located in College Station. In 2010, it was ranked 15th nationwide. In 2010, 4 students graduated from Texas A & M University law program. Tuition at Texas A & M University was $8,387 per year.

Texas Christian University, which was ranked 15th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Texas that has a law program. It is located in Fort Worth. In 2010, Texas Christian University graduated 33 students from its law programs. Texas Christian University charged in-state students $30,090 in tuition fees per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of Texas' law schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $7,625 per year, though tuition can range from $37,230 per year to $1,007 per year. In 2010, the law schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Texas were:

  1. Southern Methodist University - located in Dallas, students are charged $37,230 per year
  2. Texas Christian University - located in Fort Worth, students are charged $30,090 per year
  3. Baylor University - located in Waco, students are charged $29,884 per year

The following Texas law schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. College of the Mainland - located in Texas City, students are charged $1,007 per year
  2. Collin County Community College District - located in McKinney, students are charged $1,024 per year
  3. Lee College - located in Baytown, students are charged $1,086 per year

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

Some of the most popular jobs law graduates in Texas pursue include law clerk, administrative judge, police officer, court clerk, and paralegal. If you decide to work as a law professional in Texas, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 154,040 Texas law professional as of 2010. This number includes 33,470 lawyers, 1,530 law clerks, and 1,040 administrative judges. The following counties have the largest number of Texas law professionals:

  1. Austin County - 37,740 law professionals
  2. Collin County - 30,770 law professionals
  3. Bastrop County - 13,070 law professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that, by 2018, the number of law professionals in the state of Texas will grow to 192,440. This would require a 18% growth in the field.


On average, law professionals earn a salary of $58,559 per year in Texas state. However, Texas law professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $15,540 per year to more than $165,310 per year in 2010. The following counties in Texas have the highest average salaries for law professionals:

  1. Ector County - $75,063 per year
  2. Webb County - $69,790 per year
  3. Collin County - $67,325 per year

The Texas counties with the lowest average salary for law professionals are:

  1. Blanco County - $40,891 per year
  2. Anderson County - $41,740 per year
  3. Andrews County - $45,420 per year

The law professionals with highest average salaries in Texas were:

  1. Lawyer - $128,650 per year
  2. Administrative Judge - $91,150 per year
  3. Judge - $72,910 per year

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

  1. Law Clerk - $35,350 per year
  2. Court Clerk - $29,780 per year

More Information

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

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 53,490 $50,440 5.4%
Lawyers 33,470 $128,650 -2.2%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 17,610 $47,980 6.4%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 15,940 $68,260 113.1%
Legal Secretaries 13,560 $43,090 -1.2%
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 8,290 $29,780 29.1%
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 5,800 $39,440 -4.9%
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 2,260 $72,910 -10.0%
Judicial Law Clerks 1,530 $35,350
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers 1,040 $91,150 65.1%
Bailiffs 630 $41,000 -38.2%
Fish and Game Wardens 420 $54,660 2.4%

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