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Legal Support Services Major

7,588 yearly degrees
#88 in popularity
$55,000 median salary

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

There are 693 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in legal support, 164 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 17 that offer a master’s degree.

Legal support services is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #140 in popularity. About 1,500 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. This major is dominated by women with about 79.1% of recent graduates being female.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 2.3%
  • Black or African American: 16%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 13.2%
  • White: 56.7%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 0.4%
  • Other Races: 11.5%
Legal Support Services Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in legal support. About 0.4% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending legal support majors to the U.S. are Brazil, Venezuela and Japan.

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to legal support 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 support majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Legal Support Services Majors

When studying legal support, 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 Legal Support Services Majors

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

Important Abilities for legal support Majors

Below is a list of occupations associated with legal support:

Careers Related to Legal Support Services
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Court Reporters

3.6%

$57,150

Legal Secretaries

-19.1%

$46,360

Legal Support Workers

3.7%

$58,930

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

14.6%

$50,940

Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers

4.3%

$47,130

Average salaries range from $51,000 to $62,000 for careers related to legal support. 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, 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 Support Major  ( 51000 to 62000 )
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$200k
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
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$200k
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
$0
$200k
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )
$0
$200k

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 support may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Legal Support Services
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

0%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

15.2%

Post-Secondary Certificate

20%

Some College Courses

12%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

31.9%

Bachelor's Degree

20.1%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

1.3%

Master's Degree

0%

Post-Master's Certificate

0%

First Professional Degree

0%

Doctoral Degree

0%

Post-Doctoral Training

0%

There are 164 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in legal support services, with 62 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.

The median salary for a legal support grad is $55,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 40% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $312,000 after 20 years!

legal support services 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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