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2021 Best Value Colleges for Legal Professions in the Middle Atlantic Region

4 Colleges
1,046 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,021 Avg Cost*

Best Value Colleges for Legal Professions in the Middle Atlantic RegionLegal Professions is the #31 most popular major in the country with 4,554 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 1,046 went to students in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Legal Professions in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking analyzed 4 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in legal professions. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. We are more focused on legal professions schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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The legal professions school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Legal Professions Schools.

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The following schools top our list of the Best Legal Professions Colleges for the Money.

#1

American University

Washington, DC

Our rankings recognize American University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. The American University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. The American University not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Legal Professions in the Middle Atlantic Region list.

The average student at The American University graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $41,058. 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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#2

Mercy College

Dobbs Ferry, NY

Mercy College landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value legal professions schools. Mercy is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Dobbs Ferry. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Mercy, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Mercy to complete their degree, and it costs about $27,749 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $125,425 to get a bachelor’s degree from Mercy. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of New York, John Jay is a public college with a large student population. John Jay not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Legal Professions in the Middle Atlantic Region list.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at John Jay to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $33,580. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from John Jay is $152,453. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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St John's University - New York comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. STJ is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Queens. As a testament to the quality of education offered at STJ, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

It takes the average student at STJ about 4.5 years to graduate, and it costs about $37,697 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the STJ is $168,883. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Explore the best legal professions colleges for a specific state in the Middle Atlantic region.

State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 206
New York 505
New Jersey 114
Maryland 129
Delaware 38
District of Columbia 54

Major Annual Graduates
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 669
Legal Support Services 172
Legal Professions (Other) 143
Legal Research 62

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 10,401
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 5,952
Public Administration & Social Service 5,817
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 232

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 4 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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