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Legal Research Major

8,628 yearly degrees
#111 in popularity
$131,000 median salary

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

There are 3 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in legal research, 10 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 338 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 63 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 200 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in legal research in 2017. The major attracts more women than men. About 59.3% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 2.8%
  • Black or African American: 13%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 5.1%
  • White: 68.4%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 0.6%
  • Other Races: 10.2%
Legal Research Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in legal research. About 0.6% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending legal research majors to the U.S. are China, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to legal research 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.

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

Important Knowledge Areas for Legal Research Majors

Legal research majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

Important Skills for Legal Research Majors

Legal research majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

Important Abilities for legal research Majors

Below is a list of occupations associated with legal research:

Careers Related to Legal Research
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Law Professors






Legal research majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $131,000 to $144,000. 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 Legal Research Major  ( 131000 to 144000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

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.

Some careers associated with legal research require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Legal Research
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


There are 10 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in legal research, 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.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

The median salary for a legal research grad is $131,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 236% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,836,200 after 20 years!

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


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