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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

65,226

declining 6.26%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$7,885

growing 4.41%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$38,266

growing 6.47%

Average Wage

$70,899

declining 3.97%

People in Workforce

92,387

growing 4.8%

Average Employee Age

42.8

growing 3.71%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Legal degree recipients are New York, NY, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of Legal degree recipients are Pleasanton, CA, South Royalton, VT, and Grundy, VA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Legal is a professional doctorate.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Legal and the types of students that study this field. Georgetown University awards the most degrees in Legal in the US, but Western State College of Law at Argosy University and National Paralegal College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Legal.

Tuition costs for Legal majors are, on average, $7,885 for in-state public colleges, and $38,266 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Legal programs are Public, 2-year institutions (425 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (32,382 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Legal

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Legal, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (32,382 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Legal programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,885

Median In-State Public

$38,266

Median Out of State Private

Georgetown University has the most Legal degree recipients, with 1,337 degrees awarded in 2016.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Legal.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Legal programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Western State College of Law at Argosy University and National Paralegal College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Legal, with 100% and 100%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Legal

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Legal by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Legal.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Legal graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Legal majors is $70,899 and the most common occupations are Paralegals & legal assistants, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Miscellaneous managers.

The industry that employs the most Legal majors is Legal services, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Computer Systems Design.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$70,899

Average Wage in Workforce

± $6,172

3.97%

1 Year Growth

± 13.2%

The average salary for Legal majors is $70,899 and the most common occupations are Paralegals & legal assistants, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Miscellaneous managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Legal majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Legal majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations by Share

92,387

2017 Workforce

± 7,460

4.8%

1 Year Growth

± 11%

The number of Legal graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.8%, from 88,156 in 2016 to 92,387 in 2017.

The largest single share of Legal graduates go on to work as Paralegals & legal assistants (17.9%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Legal by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries that employ Legal majors, by number of employees, are Legal services, Justice, public order, & safety activities , and Elementary & secondary schools.

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Industries by Share

92,387

2017 Workforce

± 7,460

4.8%

1 Year Growth

± 11%

The number of Legal graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.8%, from 88,156 in 2016 to 92,387 in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Legal graduates by share is Legal services, followed by Justice, public order, & safety activities . This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Legal.

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Specialty Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Legal majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Legal in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Legal is 42.8, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Professional Doctorate. Female employees are more likely to hold Legal degrees, and White students earn the majority (35,635) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

42.8

Average Age in 2017

± 0.966 Years

3.71%

1 Year Change

± 3.1%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Legal. The most common ages of employees with this major are 44 and 35 years old, which represent 3.8% and 3.69% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Legal are Professional Doctorate, Masters Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

The most common degree types held by the working population in Legal are Bachelors Degree, Professional degree, and Masters Degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (58%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Legal.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    35,635 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    7,581 degrees awarded

  3. Non-resident Alien

    6,314 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Legal for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Female

    1,673 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    797 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    530 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Legal. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. Mexico

    1,354 degree recipients

  2. China

    589 degree recipients

  3. Philippines

    525 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Jamaica

    2.27 times more than expected

  2. China

    1.18 times more than expected

  3. Philippines

    0.95 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Jamaica that hold Legal degrees (2.27 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (1,354 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Legal field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Legal majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Legal majors need more than the average amount of Reading Comprehension, Time Management, and Active Listening.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Legal majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Reading Comprehension is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Critical Thinking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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