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2022 Best Legal Professions Schools in the Great Lakes Region

62 Colleges in the Great Lakes Region
7,553 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded
$42,584 Avg Early-Career Salary
Legal Professions isn't the most popular major in the world, but it's not the least popular either. To be more precise it ranks #17 in popularity out of 38 majors in the country. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 62 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Legal Professions Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 7,553 degrees in legal professions to qualified students.

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Best Legal Professions Schools in the Great Lakes Region The legal professions program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Legal Professions rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for legal professions schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

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 Legal Professions Schools in the Great Lakes Region. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the legal professions degrees they offer, see the list below.

#1

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
290 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Any student who is interested in legal professions needs to take a look at University of Chicago. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Chicago. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were about 290 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the legal professions program at University of Chicago make $127,916 above the standard graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
664 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Northwestern University is a wonderful decision for students interested in a degree in legal professions. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 664 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year. Those legal professions students who get their degree from Northwestern University receive $91,566 more than the standard legal professions grad.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
377 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in legal professions. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #40 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were roughly 377 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available. Those legal professions students who get their degree from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor make $84,216 more than the average legal professions grad.

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#4

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
234 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

It is difficult to beat University of Notre Dame if you want to pursue a degree in legal professions. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were roughly 234 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available. Legal Professions degree recipients from University of Notre Dame get an earnings boost of about $32,916 over the typical income of legal professions majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
286 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

UW - Madison is a very large public university located in the city of Madison. A Best Schools rank of #69 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were roughly 286 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent data year.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
33 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 67 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were roughly 33 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at GVSU in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduating, legal professions degree recipients typically earn an average of $31,700 in the first five years of their career.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
274 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Cleveland, Case Western is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #159 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Case Western is a great university overall.

There were roughly 274 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Case Western in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the legal professions degree program at Case Western Reserve University make $7,416 above the average graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
339 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of Lansing, WMU-Cooley Law School is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.

There were roughly 339 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at WMU-Cooley Law School in the most recent year we have data available. Legal Professions degree recipients from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School receive an earnings boost of around $2,666 over the typical income of legal professions majors.

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#9

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
331 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Michigan State is a very large public university located in the city of East Lansing. A Best Schools rank of #157 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Michigan State is a great university overall.

There were about 331 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Michigan State in the most recent data year. After graduating, legal professions degree recipients usually make about $35,500 in their early careers.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
390 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Loyola Chicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. A Best Schools rank of #391 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Loyola Chicago is a great university overall.

There were roughly 390 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Loyola Chicago in the most recent data year. Legal Professions degree recipients from Loyola University Chicago earn a boost of approximately $23,016 over the average income of legal professions majors.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Legal Professions students in the Great Lakes Region that almost earned our Best Legal Professions Schools in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
11 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
12 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
13 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
14 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
15 MacCormac College Chicago, IL

Explore the best legal professions schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes Region .

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Indiana 38 1,338
Michigan 38 1,503
Ohio 38 1,412
Illinois 38 2,754
Wisconsin 37 566

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Major Annual Graduates
Law 4,683
Legal Research 1,207
Legal Support Services 1,083
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 347
Legal Professions (Other) 233

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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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