Legal Professions

2021 Highest Paid Legal Professions Graduates

4,554 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,361 Avg Salary
$32,314 Avg Student Debt

Highest Paid Legal Professions GraduatesOut of the 38 majors we analyze each year, legal professions was ranked #31. In fact, 4,554 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. 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 Highest Paid Legal Professions Graduates.

For this year's Highest Paid Legal Professions Graduates ranking, we looked at 58 colleges that offer a bachelor's in legal professions.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

After graduation, legal professions majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $33,361 per year. If salary is one of the most important things on your career list, you may be disappointed to hear that this is 16% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

Average Salary for Legal Professions Graduates from Schools Nationwide  33,361
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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The following colleges produce the highest paid legal professions graduates.

#1

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Drexel University. Drexel is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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United States Air Force Academy earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the fringe town of USAF Academy, USAFA is a public college with a small student population.

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University of Maryland Global Campus earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMGC is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Adelphi.

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#3

American University

Washington, DC

American University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid legal professions school. Located in the city of Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#4

Oberlin College

Oberlin, OH

Oberlin College comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Oberlin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Oberlin.

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University of California - Berkeley earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#5

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Temple is a fairly large public school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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Our rankings recognize American Public University System as the #6 school in this year's rankings. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town.

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#6

Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH

Cedarville University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid legal professions school. Located in the town of Cedarville, Cedarville is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#7

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

Webster University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid legal professions school. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, Webster is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#8

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

University of Richmond landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid legal professions school. URichmond is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of University of Richmond.

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#8

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN

Our rankings recognize Hamline University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Hamline is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Roger Williams University. Located in the suburb of Bristol, RWU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#9

Creighton University

Omaha, NE

Creighton University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Omaha, Creighton is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid Legal Professions Graduates award.

Rank College Location
10 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
11 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
11 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
12 New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY
13 Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
14 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
14 University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD
16 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
17 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
18 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Region
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

  • 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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