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Legal Research

177 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
7,943 Master's Degrees Annually
#256 in Popularity
$130,710 Median Salary

The following table lists how many legal research graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 7,943
Graduate Certificate 721
Doctor’s Degree 499
Bachelor’s Degree 177
Associate’s Degree 9
Basic Certificate 2
Undergraduate Certificate 1

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to legal research and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Legal Research majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to legal research:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

People with a legal research degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Law Professors 12.3% $111,140
Lawyers 8.2% $120,910

177 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
59% Percent Women
28% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 177 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in legal research in 2018, making it rank #256 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 59% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of legal research majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Legal Research Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 23
Hispanic or Latino 9
White 121
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 18

Geographic Diversity

Legal Research appeals to people across the globe. About 0.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • India

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in legal research was $32,700 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $29,950 (25th percentile) and $32,850 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to legal research.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $130,710 to $144,230 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to legal research. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with legal research 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for legal research careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.5%
Master’s Degree 7.2%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.0%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 57.0%
Doctoral Degree 32.6%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.7%

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 177 schools offered some type of legal research program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 1 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 5 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 3 0
Bachelor’s Degree 50 3
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 338 63
Post-Master’s 35 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 46 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 17 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

The median salary for a legal research grad is $130,710 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 228% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,816,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to legal research.

Major Number of Grads
Law 34,826
Legal Support Services 12,032
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 3,279
Legal Professions (Other) 2,311

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