Legal Studies & Jurisprudence

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2020
865
growing 19.1%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$9,591
growing 1.21%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$46,635
growing 0.476%
Average Wage
$75,222
growing 0.498%
People in Workforce
91,313
growing 1.78%
Average Employee Age
42.1
declining 0.229%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Legal Studies & Jurisprudence degree recipients are Ithaca, NY, Lynchburg, VA, and Chicago, IL. The locations with a relatively high number of Legal Studies & Jurisprudence degree recipients are South Royalton, VT, Ithaca, NY, and California, PA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Legal Studies & Jurisprudence is a masters degree.

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Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Legal Studies & Jurisprudence and the types of students that study this field. Cornell University awards the most degrees in Legal Studies & Jurisprudence in the US, but Albany Law School and Vermont Law School have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Legal Studies & Jurisprudence.

Tuition costs for Legal Studies & Jurisprudence majors are, on average, $9,591 for in-state public colleges, and $46,635 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Legal Studies & Jurisprudence programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (36 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (687 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Legal Studies & Jurisprudence

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Legal Studies & Jurisprudence, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (687 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$9,591
Median In-State Public
$46,635
Median Out of State Private

Cornell University has the most Legal Studies & Jurisprudence degree recipients, with 134 degrees awarded in 2020.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Legal Studies & Jurisprudence programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Albany Law School has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Legal Studies & Jurisprudence, with 6.71%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Legal Studies & Jurisprudence

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Legal Studies & Jurisprudence by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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Information on the businesses and industries that employ Legal graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Legal majors is $75,222 and the most common occupations are Paralegals & legal assistants, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Other managers.

The industry that employs the most Legal majors is Legal services, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Management of companies & enterprises.

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Legal Studies & Jurisprudence is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.
$75,222
Average Wage in Workforce
± $6,111
0.498%
1 Year Growth
± 11.8%

The average salary for Legal majors is $75,222 and the most common occupations are Paralegals & legal assistants, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Other managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Legal Studies & Jurisprudence is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Legal majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Legal majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Most Common

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Legal Studies & Jurisprudence is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.

The most common occupations Legal majors, by number of employees, are Paralegals & legal assistants, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Other managers.

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Most Specialized

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Legal Studies & Jurisprudence is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.

Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Legal majors working as Paralegals & legal assistants, Judicial law clerks, and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers.

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Highest Paid

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Legal Studies & Jurisprudence is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.

The highest paid occupations by median income for Legal majors are Chief executives & legislators, Physicians, and Other Sales Workers.

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Occupations by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Legal Studies & Jurisprudence is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.
91,313
2020 Workforce
± 7,417
1.78%
1 Year Growth
± 11.3%

The number of Legal graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 1.78%, from 89,718 in 2019 to 91,313 in 2020.

The largest single share of Legal graduates go on to work as Paralegals & legal assistants (16%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Legal by share of the total number of graduates.

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Most Common

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Legal Studies & Jurisprudence is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.

The most common industries that employ Legal majors, by number of employees, are Legal services, Justice, public order, & safety activities , and Elementary & secondary schools.

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Legal Studies & Jurisprudence is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.
91,313
2020 Workforce
± 7,417
1.78%
1 Year Growth
± 11.3%

The number of Legal graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 1.78%, from 89,718 in 2019 to 91,313 in 2020.

The industry which employs the most Legal graduates by share is Legal services, followed by Justice, public order, & safety activities . This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Legal.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Legal Studies & Jurisprudence is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Legal majors.

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Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Legal in the United States.

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Legal is 42.1.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a Masters Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Legal degrees, and Non-resident Alien students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Legal (378 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Legal Studies & Jurisprudence is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.
42.1
Average Age in 2020
± 0.979 Years
0.229%
1 Year Change
± 3.3%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Legal. The most common ages of employees with this major are 33 and 48 years old, which represent 3.51% and 3.36% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Legal Studies & Jurisprudence are Masters Degree, Post-Masters Certificate, and Bachelors Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Legal Studies & Jurisprudence is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.

The most common degree types held by the working population in Legal are Bachelors Degree, Professional degree, and Masters Degree.

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Sex Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (58.3%)
Most Common Sex with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Non-resident Alien
    378 degrees awarded
  2. White
    208 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    87 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Legal Studies & Jurisprudence for each race & ethnicity. Non-resident Alien students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Sex Combination
  1. Non-resident Alien Female
    188 degrees awarded
  2. Non-resident Alien Male
    106 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    88 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by sex for each race & ethnicity of Masters Degree recipients in Legal Studies & Jurisprudence. Non-resident Alien Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and sex.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Legal Studies & Jurisprudence is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    839 degree recipients
  2. Philippines
    698 degree recipients
  3. China
    622 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Bosnia and Herzegovina
    4.52 times more than expected
  2. Ukraine
    3.77 times more than expected
  3. France
    3.71 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Bosnia and Herzegovina that hold Legal degrees (4.52 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (839 degree recipients).

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predictive-analysisSkills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Legal Studies & Jurisprudence field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Legal Studies & Jurisprudence majors need many skills, but most especially Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Legal Studies & Jurisprudence majors need more than the average amount of Persuasion, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Legal Studies & Jurisprudence majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Persuasion is very distinctive for majors, but the Speaking, Reading Comprehension, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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