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Non-Professional Legal Studies Major

3,004 yearly degrees
#177 in popularity
$131,000 median salary

Non-professional general legal studies is a major that typically falls into the Legal Professions category.

There are 49 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in non-professional general legal studies, 168 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 28 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 2 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Non-professional general legal studies is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #118 in popularity. About 2,400 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. The major attracts more women than men. About 63.1% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of non-professional general legal studies majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 6%
  • Black or African American: 13.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 19.1%
  • White: 49%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 2.2%
  • Other Races: 10.1%
Non-Professional Legal Studies Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in non-professional general legal studies. About 2.2% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending non-professional general legal studies majors to the U.S. are China, Canada and South Korea.

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to non-professional general legal studies 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.

Non-professional general legal studies majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Non-Professional Legal Studies Majors

When studying non-professional general legal studies, 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 Non-Professional Legal Studies Majors

As a non-professional general legal studies major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

Important Abilities for non-professional general legal studies Majors

Below is a list of occupations associated with non-professional general legal studies:

Careers Related to Non-Professional Legal Studies
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Law Professors



Non-professional general legal studies majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $131,000 to $131,000. 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 Non-Professional General Legal Studies Major  ( 131000 to 131000 )
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 non-professional general legal studies 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for non-professional general legal studies careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Non-Professional Legal Studies
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 168 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in non-professional general legal studies, with 27 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.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

The median salary for a non-professional general legal studies 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!

non-professional general legal studies 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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