Best Colleges for Legal Studies

2,481

Graduates Per Year

$47K

Average Salary

#126

Most Popular Major

Degree Stats

Popular

2,481

13% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

102

5% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

125

Fashion Merchandising

2,545

126

Legal Studies

2,481

127

Sales and Merchandising

2,473

Most Widely Offered Degrees

35

/

1.852

Worse

Better

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Top 100 Colleges offering this degree

publicnon public44%44%

Degree Granting Schools that are Public

Most Graduates

By Region

Mid East

University of Maryland Global Campus

By State

New York

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

By Conference

Pacific-12 Conference

Arizona State University-Tempe

By School

Cuesta College

INTRODUCTION

If you think life as a lawyer, real estate attorney, or intellectual property lawyer sounds interesting, then a degree in legal studies may just be for you. You could even become the best criminal court judge in the tri-state area!

POPULARITY

Legal studies is the 126th most popular degree in America, with 2,481 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #127 Sales and Merchandising, and narrowly lost to #125 Fashion Merchandising.

The degree is offered at a total of 102 colleges across the nation, and is the 163rd most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 10% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that a tad over 3 out of every 7 colleges offering legal studies are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The mid east produces the most legal studies graduates, largely led by University of Maryland Global Campus, while it’s the Pacific-12 Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, New York ranks highest, with particular help from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and St John's University-New York.

All that being said, no individual school produces more legal studies graduates than Cuesta College, which graduated 246 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study legal studies). More students studied legal studies as a percentage of total students at National Paralegal College than any other college.

Good luck on your college search. We hope you enjoy Authority's 2022 official Best Colleges for Legal Studies list. Some of our picks may surprise you!

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University of California-Berkeley

#1 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Berkeley, CA

www.berkeley.edu

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Rating

16%

Acceptance

45,183

Students

# 7

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

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University of Central Florida

#2 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Orlando, FL

www.ucf.edu/

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Rating

44%

Acceptance

80,378

Students

# 52

Ranking

$19,810

Tuition

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Northwestern University

#3 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Evanston, IL

www.northwestern.edu

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Rating

9%

Acceptance

25,614

Students

# 18

Ranking

$56,232

Tuition

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University of Washington-Seattle Campus

#4 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Seattle, WA

www.washington.edu

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Rating

52%

Acceptance

56,315

Students

# 15

Ranking

$37,071

Tuition

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CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

#5 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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New York, NY

www.jjay.cuny.edu

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Rating

41%

Acceptance

19,194

Students

# 127

Ranking

$14,880

Tuition

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

#6 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Madison, WI

www.wisc.edu

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Rating

54%

Acceptance

47,392

Students

# 14

Ranking

$36,333

Tuition

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University of Miami

#7 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Coral Gables, FL

www.miami.edu/

A+

Rating

27%

Acceptance

19,618

Students

# 55

Ranking

$50,400

Tuition

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University of California-Santa Cruz

#8 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Santa Cruz, CA

www.ucsc.edu/

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Rating

51%

Acceptance

20,839

Students

# 47

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

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Suffolk University

#9 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Boston, MA

https://www.suffolk.edu

B+

Rating

84%

Acceptance

7,976

Students

# 274

Ranking

$39,814

Tuition

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Arizona State University-Tempe

#10 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Tempe, AZ

www.asu.edu/

A-

Rating

86%

Acceptance

56,567

Students

# 87

Ranking

$28,800

Tuition

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American University

#11 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Washington, DC

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Rating

36%

Acceptance

16,079

Students

# 93

Ranking

$49,070

Tuition

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United States Military Academy

#12 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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West Point, NY

www.westpoint.edu

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Rating

12%

Acceptance

4,648

Students

# 36

Ranking

-

Tuition

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St John's University-New York

#13 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Queens, NY

www.stjohns.edu

B+

Rating

72%

Acceptance

23,679

Students

# 247

Ranking

$41,900

Tuition

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University of Massachusetts-Amherst

#14 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Amherst, MA

www.umass.edu

B+

Rating

64%

Acceptance

35,116

Students

# 88

Ranking

$35,112

Tuition

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Dickinson College

#15 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Carlisle, PA

https://www.dickinson.edu

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Rating

40%

Acceptance

2,467

Students

# 90

Ranking

$55,948

Tuition

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United States Air Force Academy

#16 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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USAF Academy, CO

www.usafa.edu

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Rating

11%

Acceptance

4,330

Students

# 45

Ranking

-

Tuition

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University of Denver

#17 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Denver, CO

www.du.edu

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Rating

59%

Acceptance

14,429

Students

# 123

Ranking

$51,336

Tuition

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University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

#18 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Pittsburgh, PA

www.pitt.edu

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Rating

57%

Acceptance

31,667

Students

# 37

Ranking

$32,656

Tuition

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Ramapo College of New Jersey

#19 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Mahwah, NJ

www.ramapo.edu

B+

Rating

66%

Acceptance

6,982

Students

# 100

Ranking

$21,722

Tuition

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Rutgers University-Newark

#20 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Newark, NJ

https://www.newark.rutgers.edu

A-

Rating

72%

Acceptance

15,897

Students

# 84

Ranking

$29,012

Tuition

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University of Washington-Tacoma Campus

#21 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Tacoma, WA

www.tacoma.uw.edu/

B+

Rating

87%

Acceptance

6,354

Students

# 90

Ranking

$37,071

Tuition

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Ithaca College

#22 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Ithaca, NY

www.ithaca.edu

A-

Rating

73%

Acceptance

7,003

Students

# 201

Ranking

$45,274

Tuition

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Saint John Fisher College

#23 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Rochester, NY

https://www.sjfc.edu

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Rating

64%

Acceptance

4,129

Students

# 216

Ranking

$34,340

Tuition

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Webster University

#24 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Saint Louis, MO

www.webster.edu

B

Rating

57%

Acceptance

14,581

Students

# 308

Ranking

$28,500

Tuition

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Hamline University

#25 Best Colleges for Legal Studies

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Saint Paul, MN

www.hamline.edu

B-

Rating

68%

Acceptance

4,802

Students

# 398

Ranking

$41,734

Tuition