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How will your law education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the law education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. There are 2,553 traditional law schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had law programs were:

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  3. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California

Student Demographics

In 2010, degrees in law were earned by 154,168 students in the US. Of these students, 22,570 graduated from certificate programs in law, 83,329 graduated from undergraduate programs in law, and 48,269 graduated from graduate-level programs in law.


Students can pursue education in law at the following levels:

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

Law students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their law degree:

  • Interviewing
  • Real Property
  • Research
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • Word Processing


The average tuition at law schools around the nation was $25,591 per year in 2010. The highest tuition was charged by the following law schools:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. Tulane University of Louisiana - located in New Orleans, Louisiana, students paid $40,584

The following law schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. North Carolina State University at Raleigh - located in Raleigh, North Carolina, students paid $5,475
  3. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, students paid $5,625

How will your law job compare?

Some of the most popular jobs law graduates in the US pursue include law clerk, administrative judge, police officer, court clerk, or paralegal. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 2,096,250 law professionals. Of these, 561,350 were lawyers. In addition, 25,150 were law clerks and 14,310 were administrative judges. The states with the largest populations of law professionals are:

  1. California - 245,260 Law Professionals
  2. New York - 196,580 Law Professionals
  3. Texas - 154,040 Law Professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of law professionals will grow by 9%, and by 2018, there will be an estimated 2,746,980 law professionals working in the US. The greatest growth for law professionals is predicted to be amongst probation officers, who are expected to increase by 26% by 2018. Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for law professionals to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Utah - 22%
  2. Arkansas - 20%
  3. Texas - 18%


Law professionals around the US earn $61,458 per year on average. However, factors such as your boss, location, and shift differentials can cause the salary for law professionals to vary greatly dependent on the exact law profession you pursue. Salaries for law professionals range from less than $15,200 per year to more than $166,310 per year. On average, law professionals earn the most in the following states:

  1. California - $86,049 per year
  2. Washington DC - $83,439 per year
  3. Connecticut - $80,515 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for law professionals:

  1. Montana - $44,692 per year
  2. Mississippi - $44,700 per year
  3. Arkansas - $45,839 per year

The law professionals with highest average salaries in 2010 were:

  1. Lawyer - $129,440 per year
  2. Judge - $105,390 per year
  3. Administrative Judge - $89,740 per year

The law professionals with lowest average salaries in 2010 were:

  1. Legal Assistant - $43,270 per year
  2. Bailiff - $40,910 per year
  3. Court Clerk - $36,170 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 644,300 $55,620 3.2%
Lawyers 561,350 $129,440 6.1%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 247,940 $49,640 13.9%
Legal Secretaries 228,700 $43,270 -13.7%
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 123,510 $36,170 21.0%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 110,640 $73,010 29.8%
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 89,900 $51,240 -0.8%
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 25,900 $105,390 2.3%
Judicial Law Clerks 25,150 $44,060
Bailiffs 17,310 $40,910 0.9%
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers 14,310 $89,740 -6.8%
Fish and Game Wardens 7,240 $55,650 14.9%