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Law Major

34,826 yearly degrees
#34 in popularity
$101,000 median salary

Law is a major that typically falls into the Legal Professions category.

There are 0 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in law, 0 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 0 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 223 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Law Degree?

This is one of the most frequently chosen college majors. It is the most popular in the country with students graduating with a bachelor’s in law in 2017.

Racial Distribution

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What Will You Learn as a Law Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to law to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Law Majors

A major in law should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Law Majors

Skills for Law Majors

When studying law, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

Important Skills for Law Majors

Abilities for Law Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a law student include the following:

Important Abilities for law Majors

What Can You Do With a Law Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with law:

Careers Related to Law
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Judicial Law Clerks

5.7%

$53,540

Law Professors

12.3%

$111,140

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

5.6%

$133,920

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

11.5%

$62,270

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

3.9%

$99,850

Lawyers

8.2%

$120,910

Law Major Salary

Average salaries range from $73,000 to $131,000 for careers related to law. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Law Major  ( 73000 to 131000 )
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Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
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Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
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Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )
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Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Law Major Jobs

Some careers associated with law may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to law have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Law
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

1.2%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

7.2%

Post-Secondary Certificate

1%

Some College Courses

2.9%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

0.4%

Bachelor's Degree

6.1%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

5.7%

Master's Degree

4.4%

Post-Master's Certificate

2.2%

First Professional Degree

28.8%

Doctoral Degree

36.7%

Post-Doctoral Training

2%

Online Law Programs

There are 0 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in law, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.

Is a Law Major Worth It?

The median salary for a law grad is $101,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 160% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,246,200 after 20 years!

law salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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