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Non-Professional Legal Studies

2,736 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
344 Master's Degrees Annually
#115 in Popularity
$130,710 Median Salary

The following table lists how many non-professional general legal studies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 2,736
Master’s Degree 344
Basic Certificate 302
Associate’s Degree 181
Undergraduate Certificate 45
Graduate Certificate 9
Doctor’s Degree 3

In an O*NET survey, non-professional general legal studies majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Non-Professional General Legal Studies 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to non-professional general legal studies:

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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.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a non-professional general legal studies 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 non-professional general legal studies degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Law Professors 12.3% $111,140

2,736 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
65% Percent Women
44% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 2,736 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in non-professional general legal studies in 2019, making it rank #115 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 65% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Non-Professional General Legal Studies Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 142
Black or African American 342
Hispanic or Latino 572
White 1,325
International Students 66
Other Races/Ethnicities 289

Geographic Diversity

Non-Professional General Legal Studies appeals to people across the globe. About 2.4% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • France

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in non-professional general legal studies have a median salary of $34,450 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $29,500 (25th percentile) and $37,600 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to non-professional general legal studies so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Non-Professional General Legal Studies majors often go into careers with median salaries of $130,710. This median refers to 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 careers associated with non-professional general legal studies require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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 non-professional general legal studies careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.1%
Master’s Degree 15.4%
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. 2.1%
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. 46.2%
Doctoral Degree 35.3%

In 2018-2019, 236 schools offered a non-professional general legal studies program of some type. 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) 19 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 7 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 50 11
Bachelor’s Degree 8 1
Post-Baccalaureate 19 1
Master’s Degree 21 8
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

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

Major Number of Grads
Law 34,727
Legal Support Services 10,947
Legal Research 9,147
Legal Professions (Other) 2,570

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