Legal Professions

2021 Best Legal Professions Colleges for Veterans in the United States

22 Colleges
4,554 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,378 Avg Cost*

Best Legal Professions Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesIn 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 Veterans in the United States ranking looked at 22 colleges that offer a bachelor's in legal professions. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality legal professions programs as well as strong veteran support.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as veteran satisfaction, veteran affordability, and overall quality of the legal professions program at the school. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Legal Professions Schools for Veterans ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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The colleges and universities below are the best for vets studying legal professions.

University of Maryland - University College landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value legal professions schools. Located in the large suburb of Adelphi, University of Maryland - University College is a public college with a very large student population.

Of the 60,603 students enrolled at University of Maryland - University College, 13,366 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 12,647 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,330. To help with additional expenses, 3361 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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American Public University System comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

Among the 46,088 students enrolled at American Military University, 17,648 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 15,614 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $3,733. To help with additional expenses, 10 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. American Military University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Arizona State University - Tempe as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public college with a fairly large student population. ASU - Tempe also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions in the United States rankings.

Among the 51,585 students enrolled at ASU - Tempe, 7,047 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 6,145 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,977. To help with additional expenses, 156 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. ASU - Tempe does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

Webster University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, Webster is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Our most recent data shows that 958 of the 11,406 students enrolled at Webster were GI Bill® students, of which 818 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,137. In addition to receiving other benefits, 16 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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American University

Washington, DC

American University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at The American University, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, The American University supports 14,311 students, and 614 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 522 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,029. During this same period, 245 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of California - Berkeley comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a fairly large student population. UC Berkeley not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Legal Professions in the United States list.

Of the 42,501 students enrolled at UC Berkeley, 557 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 401 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,465. In addition to receiving other benefits, 3 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN

Hamline University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value legal professions schools. Hamline is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Hamline, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions in the United States ranking.

Of the 3,526 students enrolled at Hamline, 110 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 65 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,172. To help with additional expenses, 17 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Washington - Seattle Campus as the #8 school in this year's rankings. UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the large city of Seattle. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UW Seattle, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 1,278 of the 47,400 students enrolled at UW Seattle were GI Bill® students, of which 780 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,461. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value legal professions schools. Located in the large city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Wisconsin has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Legal Professions in the United States ranking.

Of the 43,463 students enrolled at Wisconsin, 554 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 346 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,489. In addition to receiving other benefits, 21 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a very large student population. UMass Amherst also made our Best Colleges for Legal Professions in the United States list, coming in at #5.

Among the 30,593 students enrolled at UMass Amherst, 460 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 300 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,069. On top of their other funding sources, 17 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 22 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

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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