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2021 Best Value Colleges for Legal Professions in the Great Lakes Region

2 Colleges
692 Bachelor's Degrees
$37,794 Avg Cost*

Best Value Colleges for Legal Professions in the Great Lakes RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, legal professions was ranked #31 in the country. In fact 4,554 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 692 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Legal Professions in the Great Lakes Region ranking looked at 2 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Legal Professions Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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


Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Michigan State University. Located in the small city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public school with a very large student population. Michigan State also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Michigan State is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $36,866. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Michigan State is $161,473. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Madison. Wisconsin also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

At Wisconsin, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $38,721. This means that the average student pays around $167,662 to get a bachelor’s degree from Wisconsin. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 190
Ohio 110
Illinois 111
Indiana 171
Wisconsin 107

Major Annual Graduates
Legal Support Services 345
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 303
Legal Professions (Other) 43
Legal Research 1

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 8,429
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 7,202
Public Administration & Social Service 6,764
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 9

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 2 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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