Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Law and legal studies

Law and legal studies field of degree. Employment: 120,850. Median annual wage: $52,000.

Law and legal studies field of degree. Employment: 120,850. Median annual wage: $52,000

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Table 1. Law and legal studies degree, 2018

Data

Law and legal studies

All fields

Employment

120,850 55,381,020

Median wage

$52,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

15 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

42 59

Percent with an advanced degree

30 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of law and legal studies majors, 2018

Law and legal studies majors

Major share

Pre-law and legal studies

95%

Court reporting

5

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a law and legal studies degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Legal occupations

27%

Management occupations

12

Office and administrative support occupations

12

Business and financial operations occupations

9

Sales and related occupations

7

Other

33

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a law and legal studies degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Financial managers

15% Bachelor's degree 1% 21%

Paralegals and legal assistants

10 Associate's degree 15 10

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

6 High school diploma or equivalent 2 6

Social workers, all other

5 Bachelor's degree 2 38

Lawyers

4 Doctoral or professional degree 11 93

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 2 50

Accountants and auditors

4 Bachelor's degree 2 26

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 4 21

Customer service representatives

-2 High school diploma or equivalent 2 4

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

-10 High school diploma or equivalent 3 4

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Law and legal studies,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/law-and-legal-studies/law-and-legal-studies-field-of-degree.htm (visited June 23, 2021).

Last Modified Date: Monday, November 30, 2020

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