Legal Professions

2021 Best Legal Professions Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

20 Colleges
4,554 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,559 Avg Cost*

Best Legal Professions Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsIn 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 Legal Professions Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking looked at 20 colleges that offer a bachelor's in legal professions. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent legal professions programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the legal professions program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Legal Professions Schools for Non-Traditional Students list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying legal professions.

University of Maryland Global Campus tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional legal professions students. UMGC is a very large public school located in the suburb of Adelphi.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.1%. 48,432 students at UMGC are exclusively online. There are roughly 50,899 part time students in attendance at UMGC. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize American Public University System as the #2 school in this year's rankings. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

All 46,088 students take classes exclusively online at American Military University. 43,358 of American Military University students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#3

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

Our rankings recognize Webster University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, Webster is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.8%. 3,147 of Webster students are exclusively distance learners. 7,332 students are part time. Webster does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of California - Berkeley landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best legal professions schools for non-traditional students. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population. UC Berkeley also made our Best Colleges for Legal Professions list, coming in at #1.

About 2.0% of UC Berkeley students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 930 students at UC Berkeley that take at least one class online. About 3,108 of the students at UC Berkeley are attending part time.

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#5

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN

Our rankings recognize Hamline University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Hamline is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Hamline has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.4%. 437 students at Hamline are exclusively online. About 1,429 of the students at Hamline are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Arizona State University - Tempe earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, ASU - Tempe has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions ranking.

About 6.2% of ASU - Tempe students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 23,569 students at ASU - Tempe that take at least one class online. About 5,405 of the students at ASU - Tempe are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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American University

Washington, DC

American University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, The American University has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.8%. There are approximately 549 students at The American University that take at least one class online. 2,876 students are part time.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best legal professions schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a very large student population. UMass Amherst did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Legal Professions list.

The student loan default rate at UMass Amherst is lower than is typical, just 3.0% of students default in three years. 3,607 of UMass Amherst students are exclusively distance learners. About 6,250 of the students at UMass Amherst are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Suffolk University

Boston, MA

Suffolk University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best legal professions schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Boston, Suffolk is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.9%. There are approximately 444 students at Suffolk that take at least one class online. About 1,211 of the students at Suffolk are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Madison as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UW - Madison, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions ranking.

About 1.3% of UW - Madison students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,424 students take at least one class online at UW - Madison. 4,418 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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

Major Annual Graduates
Law 34,727
Legal Research 8,449
Legal Support Services 6,710
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 3,264
Legal Professions (Other) 1,699

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 106,583
Public Administration & Social Service 93,881
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 69,376
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 2,638

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 20 schools only.

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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
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