Legal Professions

2021 Best Value Colleges for Legal Professions

19 Colleges
4,554 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,054 Avg Cost*

Best Value Colleges for Legal ProfessionsIn 2018-2019, 4,554 people earned their bachelor's in legal professions, making the major the #31 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Legal Professions ranking analyzed 19 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in legal professions. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those legal professions schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for legal professions majors.

Arizona State University - Tempe landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value legal professions schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, ASU - Tempe has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions ranking.

It takes the average student at ASU - Tempe about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,198. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Tempe is about $138,451. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#2

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN

Our rankings recognize Hamline University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Hamline is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul. Hamline also made our Best Colleges for Legal Professions list, coming in at #8.

It takes the average student at Hamline about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,506. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Hamline is about $131,695. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value legal professions schools. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a very large student population. UMass Amherst not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Legal Professions list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UMass Amherst is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $36,714. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst is $151,996. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value legal professions schools. UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the city of Seattle. In addition to being on our best value list, UW Seattle has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at UW Seattle to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,058. This means that the average student pays around $152,886 to get a bachelor’s degree from UW Seattle. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Webster University. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, Webster is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Webster is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $31,819. This means that the average student pays around $135,549 to get a bachelor’s degree from Webster. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the city of East Lansing. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Michigan State, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions ranking.

At Michigan State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $36,866. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State is $161,473. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value legal professions schools. Located in the large city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a fairly large student population. Wisconsin also made our Best Colleges for Legal Professions list, coming in at #4.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Wisconsin is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $38,721. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Wisconsin is about $167,662. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Post University

Waterbury, CT

Post University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Post University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Waterbury.

At Post University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,494. This means that the average student pays around $110,745 to get a bachelor’s degree from Post University. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of California - Berkeley earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, UC Berkeley has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions ranking.

At UC Berkeley, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $42,692. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley be around $179,733. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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American University

Washington, DC

American University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. The American University did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Legal Professions list.

It takes the average student at The American University about 4.6 years to graduate, and it costs about $41,058 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from The American University is $189,277. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Major Annual Graduates
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 2,736
Legal Support Services 1,154
Legal Professions (Other) 481
Legal Research 183

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 60,085
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 54,385
Public Administration & Social Service 36,639
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 791

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 19 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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