Legal Support Services

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017
12,814
declining 13%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$4,116
growing 1.18%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$25,843
growing 5.96%
Average Wage
$70,253
declining 0.911%
People in Workforce
90,094
declining 2.48%
Average Employee Age
41.6
declining 2.77%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Legal Support Services degree recipients are , Davenport, IA, and Phoenix, AZ. The locations with a relatively high number of Legal Support Services degree recipients are . The most common degree awarded to students studying Legal Support Services is a associates degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Legal Support Services and the types of students that study this field. Kaplan University-Davenport Campus awards the most degrees in Legal Support Services in the US, but Brown College of Court Reporting and Golden State College of Court Reporting have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Legal Support Services.

Tuition costs for Legal Support Services majors are, on average, $4,116 for in-state public colleges, and $25,843 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Legal Support Services programs are Public, 2-year institutions (390 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 2-year (6,452 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Legal Support Services

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Legal Support Services, is Public, 2-year (6,452 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$4,116
Median In-State Public
$25,843
Median Out of State Private

Kaplan University-Davenport Campus has the most Legal Support Services degree recipients, with 289 degrees awarded in 2017.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Legal Support Services programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Brown College of Court Reporting and Golden State College of Court Reporting have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Legal Support Services, with 100% and 100%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Legal Support Services

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Legal graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Legal majors is $70,253 and the most common occupations are Paralegals & legal assistants, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Other managers.

The industry that employs the most Legal majors is Legal services, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Legal Support Services is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.
$70,253
Average Wage in Workforce
± $6,141
0.911%
1 Year Growth
± 12.5%

The average salary for Legal majors is $70,253 and the most common occupations are Paralegals & legal assistants, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Other managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Legal Support Services is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Legal majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Legal majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Legal majors, by number of employees, are Paralegals & legal assistants, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Other managers.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Legal majors working as Paralegals & legal assistants, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Firstline supervisors of police & detectives.

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Highest Paid

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Occupations by Share

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Legal Support Services is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.
90,094
2018 Workforce
± 7,367
2.48%
1 Year Growth
± 11.8%

The number of Legal graduates in the workforce has been declining at a rate of 2.48%, from 92,387 in 2017 to 90,094 in 2018.

The largest single share of Legal graduates go on to work as Paralegals & legal assistants (17.8%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Legal by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Legal Support Services is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.
90,094
2018 Workforce
± 7,367
2.48%
1 Year Growth
± 11.8%

The number of Legal graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.48%, from 92,387 in 2017 to 90,094 in 2018.

The industry which employs the most Legal graduates by share is Legal services, followed by Justice, public order, & safety activities . This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Legal.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Legal Support Services is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Legal majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Legal in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Legal is 41.6, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Associates Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Legal degrees, and White students earn the majority (6,985) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Legal Support Services is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.
41.6
Average Age in 2018
± 1.01 Years
2.77%
1 Year Change
± 3.42%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Legal. The most common ages of employees with this major are 39 and 27 years old, which represent 3.65% and 3.63% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Legal Support Services are Associates Degree, 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate, and < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Legal Support Services is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.

The most common degree types held by the working population in Legal are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (83.7%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    6,985 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,324 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    1,914 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Legal Support Services for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Female
    639 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  2. White Male
    217 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    208 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Legal Support Services. White Female students, who earn most of the degree-grads_ethnicity_genders in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Legal Support Services is from the 2 Digit Course Legal.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Philippines
    1,412 degree recipients
  2. Mexico
    1,091 degree recipients
  3. Jamaica
    960 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Trinidad & Tobago
    6.89 times more than expected
  2. Jamaica
    4.4 times more than expected
  3. Philippines
    2.4 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Trinidad & Tobago that hold Legal degrees (6.89 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Philippines (1,412 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Legal Support Services field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Legal Support Services majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Legal Support Services majors need more than the average amount of Writing, Reading Comprehension, and Active Listening.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Legal Support Services majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Writing is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Writing are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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