Criminal Justice, Law & Security
Legal and Paralegal

If law, debate, philosophy, the criminal justice system, arbitrage, contracts, government, and/or politics fascinate you, a Legal and Paralegal degree could be a great fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Legal and Paralegal students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years). Typically, to become a lawyer, students must complete an undergraduate degree before studying law and passing the bar exam, which in total can take around 8 years. In this industry, an associate degree is adequate for a job as a Paralegal or Legal Assistant, but most other positions require a doctorate or professional degree.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in English and philosophy coursework and experience in debate helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a Legal and Paralegal degree include:

  • Paralegal and/or Legal Assistant
  • Arbitrator, Mediator, and/or Conciliator
  • Lawyer
  • Judge and/or Hearing Officer
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Paralegals and Legal Assistants was $51,740 in 2019 while Lawyers earned a median salary of $122,960 and Judges received a median salary of $120,090 in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.