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Non-Professional Legal Studies

344 Master's Degrees Annually
3 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#170 in Popularity (Master's)
$130,710 Median Salary

The following table lists how many non-professional general legal studies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 344
Graduate Certificate 9
Doctor’s Degree 3

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to non-professional general legal studies and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in non-professional general legal studies should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

When studying non-professional general legal studies, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a non-professional general legal studies student include the following:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

People with a non-professional general legal studies degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Law Professors 12.3% $111,140

344 Master's Degrees Annually
58% Percent Women
27% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 58% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of non-professional general legal studies majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Non-Professional General Legal Studies Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 9
Black or African American 35
Hispanic or Latino 39
White 105
International Students 136
Other Races/Ethnicities 20

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Non-Professional General Legal Studies, too. About 39.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • France

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in non-professional general legal studies made a median starting salary of $36,200 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $36,200 (25th percentile) and $36,200 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to non-professional general legal studies.

Salaries According to BLS

Non-Professional General Legal Studies majors often go into careers with median salaries of $130,710. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with non-professional general legal studies require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for non-professional general legal studies careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.1%
Master’s Degree 15.4%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 2.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 46.2%
Doctoral Degree 35.3%

In 2018-2019, 236 schools offered a non-professional general legal studies program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 19 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 7 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 50 11
Bachelor’s Degree 8 1
Post-Baccalaureate 19 1
Master’s Degree 21 8
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

The median salary for a non-professional general legal studies grad is $130,710 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 228% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,816,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to non-professional general legal studies.

Major Number of Grads
Law 34,727
Legal Research 8,962
Legal Professions (Other) 1,976
Legal Support Services 483

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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