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2022 Best Colleges for Pre-Law Studies

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255

Graduates Per Year

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$70K

Average Salary

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#333

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Unpopular

255

96% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

65

66% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

332

Soil Sciences

258

333

Pre-Law Studies

255

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$25,270

21% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

287

Foreign Languages and Literatures

$25,286

288

Pre-Law Studies

$25,270

289

Physical Sciences

$25,251

Salary

Average Salary

$34,088

12% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

216

Criminology

$34,090

217

Pre-Law Studies

$34,088

218

Legal Studies

$34,088

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TOP

50

Professors

Very Good

4.5/5

12.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

36

Comparative Literature

37

Pre-Law Studies

38

Biotechnology

Students

Not Diverse

3.1/5

15.65% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

319

Zoology

320

Pre-Law Studies

321

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SUMMARY

Going to school for Pre-Law Studies is a valuable choice and naturally a mandatory first step for scholars choosing to begin a career as a paralegal, a law clerk, or a legal consultant. In fact, pre-law studies is a ​unique major ranking as the 333rd most popular major. Last year, there were 255 pre-law studies graduates. In-state tuition for pre-law studies at private colleges is, on average, 2.3 times more costly than their public counterparts.

With just 65 universities offering pre-law studies there could be a more finite list of the institutions you can choose from. If you're looking to surround yourself with other pre-law studies students, consider looking at institutions in Michigan which have the most undergrads admitted to pre-law studies annually. Zooming out, the best region to get a degree in pre-law studies is in the Great Lakes region with Ball State University, Michigan State University, and Ohio Wesleyan University best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick for the best conference to major in pre-law studies is the Big Ten Conference with Michigan State University representing the conference. From our list on the best colleges, our selection for the best university for pre-law studies is Michigan State University.

The 'best' school does not have to be the 'best' school for you. There are tons of facets to think about when deciding on college. Stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might change one's feelings of which college to attend. Here at Authority, we have weighed the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are interested in which pre-law studies university is home to the best campus, the answer is Michigan State University. If you are very interested in which school has the finest campus, we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, student reviews, government databases, and more to compare every U.S. major in an unbiased and informative way. You can find our well researched list for the universities with the best student life here and our pick of the college with the best student life for pre-law studies is Michigan State University. Are you curious why? Keep reading to discover more about Authority's top choices. Some of our conclusions will probably shock you.

If cost is a major factor in your decision on where to go to school, you might consider avoiding Ohio Wesleyan University. Ohio Wesleyan University is our most expensive college for pre-law studies, at least regarding out of state students. That being said, we have a page for the most expensive schools that might put the cost at Ohio Wesleyan University into perspective. You could also care to know that pre-law studies is the 288th most expensive degree in the US, with an average cost of $25,300. On a broader scale, the most costly state for pre-law studies in the nation is Ohio with costs at the main college, Ohio Wesleyan University, of $46,870. Even more broadly, the most expensive region for pre-law studies is the Great Lakes region which is best demonstrated with Ball State University with a cost of $26,138, Michigan State University with a cost of $40,384, and Ohio Wesleyan University with a cost of $46,870.

Our cheapest region for pre-law studies is the Mid East region which is represented by Wilmington University with a cost of $11,430. On the bright side, the most affordable college for pre-law studies is Wilmington University. Authority's comprehensive list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state attendees can anticipate paying about $11,200 for a degree in pre-law studies. The cost grows dramatically to a median of $29,000 for an out-of-state public-school undergrad. Our choice for the college representing the best value for pre-law studies: Michigan State University. On this page you can find our comprehensive list of the colleges we see as being the best value overall. That being said, this discussion is based on being an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for pre-law studies students vary widely, but two years after leaving college students will regularly make around $69,900. There can be much variation in earnings; highest paid earners can enjoy pay up to $145,100. Even straight out of college, the lowest earning positions within the pre-law studies field make $32,900, which could be worse. The top earning graduates from pre-law studies come from National University and if you are looking for schools with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The all-around diversity of pre-law studies lies quite poor, ranking within only the 19th percentile of majors nationally. The university with the highest composite diversity for pre-law studies is Liberty University and here you can find our general list for the schools with the most diversity. The financial diversity of Pre-Law Studies only sits within the 93rd percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even lower in the 14th percentile. White students compose the largest share, 77%, of scholars majoring in pre-law studies. Additionally, 51% of undergraduates seeking a pre-law studies degree are women.

The median ranking of pre-law studies professors is 4.5 stars, a score which is 13% better than the median for all majors; this is a fairly good score. If you are curious about the most popular pre-law studies instructor in the country, look no further than Mary Lyndon at Saint Johns University. This might be surprising, but the best rated instructors for pre-law studies by student are at Saint Johns University. If we including data beyond just rankings we find that the school with the best instructors for pre-law studies is Michigan State University. You can find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with some of the finest examples of professors in the country.

Finally, the hardest school to get into for pre-law studies is William Peace University. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we have an extensive list for the hardest colleges to get into. With that said, we do hope you understand that considering university through a lens mainly shaped by superlatives can cause issues. We at Authority encourage you to look at some of our more nuanced pages on individual colleges and read some of Authority's helpful background 'blog posts' on beneficial details to look out for as you continue your university search.

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Michigan State University

#1 Best Colleges for Pre-Law Studies

Michigan State University is a very large public university located in East Lansing, MI ranked 163rd in the nation. It has a total of 42,492 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 71.12% of applicants. Michigan State University offers 384 different majors and is best known for its Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management, Pre-Law Studies, and Soil Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $14,460 for in-state students and $39,766 for those from out-of-state, Michigan State University is quite expensive. 76.24% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to make roughly $53,600 per year, which is 29% above the national median.

East Lansing, MI

https://www.msu.edu

A

Rating

71%

Acceptance

55,332

Students

#163

Ranking

$39,766

Tuition

Ohio Wesleyan University

#2 Best Colleges for Pre-Law Studies

Ohio Wesleyan University is a small private liberal arts college located in Delaware, OH ranked 14th in Ohio. It has a total of 1,611 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 67.3% of applicants. Ohio Wesleyan University offers 80 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Law Studies, Accounting and Finance, and Genetics programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 8th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $46,870 per year, Ohio Wesleyan University is very high-priced. 61.8% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make about $45,300 per year, which is 9% above the national median.

Delaware, OH

www.owu.edu/

B

Rating

67%

Acceptance

1,611

Students

#464

Ranking

$46,870

Tuition

Ball State University

#3 Best Colleges for Pre-Law Studies

Ball State University is a very large public university located in Muncie, IN ranked 20th in Indiana. It has a total of 17,845 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 76.71% of applicants. Ball State University offers 316 different majors and is best known for its Family Systems, Pre-Dentistry Studies, and Pre-Law Studies programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,358 for students from Indiana and $26,138 for those from out-of-state, Ball State University is somewhat moderately pricey. 57.65% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate approximately $41,100 per year, which is 1% under the national median.

Muncie, IN

www.bsu.edu

C+

Rating

77%

Acceptance

25,199

Students

#795

Ranking

$26,138

Tuition

William Peace University

#4 Best Colleges for Pre-Law Studies

William Peace University is a very small private college located in Raleigh, NC ranked 32nd in North Carolina. It has a total of 1,156 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 50.49% of applicants. William Peace University offers 37 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Law Studies, Game and Interactive Media Design, and Musical Theatre programs (nationally ranked 4th, 26th, and 37th respectively). With an annual tuition of $31,200 per year, William Peace University is reasonably expensive. 43.89% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring home roughly $36,000 per year, which is 13% below the national median.

Raleigh, NC

www.peace.edu

C

Rating

50%

Acceptance

1,156

Students

#1371

Ranking

$31,200

Tuition

Husson University

#5 Best Colleges for Pre-Law Studies

Husson University is a small private institution located in Bangor, ME ranked 10th in Maine. It has a total of 3,245 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 84.58% acceptance rate. Husson University offers 93 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Law Studies, Clinical Psychology, and Recording Arts Technology programs (nationally ranked 5th, 9th, and 15th respectively). With an annual tuition of $18,290 per year, Husson University is reasonably priced. 48.09% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment.

Bangor, ME

www.husson.edu

C

Rating

85%

Acceptance

4,223

Students

#1547

Ranking

$18,290

Tuition

Nova Southeastern University

#7 Best Colleges for Pre-Law Studies

Nova Southeastern University is a very large private university located in Fort Lauderdale, FL ranked 39th in Florida. It has a total of 5,415 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 80.1% acceptance rate. Nova Southeastern University offers 272 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Law Studies, Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Ultrasound Technology programs (nationally ranked 7th, 14th, and 25th respectively). With an annual tuition of $31,150 per year, Nova Southeastern University is reasonably pricey. 45.27% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $45,300 per year, which is 9% greater than the national median.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

www.nova.edu

C+

Rating

80%

Acceptance

23,729

Students

#905

Ranking

$31,150

Tuition

Utah State University

#8 Best Colleges for Pre-Law Studies

Utah State University is a very large public university located in Logan, UT ranked 5th in Utah. It has a total of 28,949 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting hardly above nine out of ten applicants. Utah State University offers 259 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Law Studies, Home Economics Teacher Education, and Conservation Biology programs (nationally ranked 8th, 8th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,292 for in-state students and $21,932 for those from out-of-state, Utah State University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 44.75% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to take in close to $43,200 per year, which is 4% over the national median.

Logan, UT

www.usu.edu

C

Rating

91%

Acceptance

32,963

Students

#1370

Ranking

$21,932

Tuition

Liberty University

#9 Best Colleges for Pre-Law Studies

Liberty University is a very large private institution located in Lynchburg, VA ranked 32nd in Virginia. It has a total of 60,751 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.06% of applicants. Liberty University offers 229 different majors and is best known for its Music Pedagogy, Religious Music, and Music History, Literature, and Theory programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $21,361 per year, Liberty University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 29.77% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw more or less $36,700 per year, which is 12% less than the national median.

Lynchburg, VA

www.liberty.edu

C+

Rating

51%

Acceptance

111,084

Students

#1009

Ranking

$21,361

Tuition

Northern Arizona University

#10 Best Colleges for Pre-Law Studies

Northern Arizona University is a very large public university located in Flagstaff, AZ ranked 10th in Arizona. It has a total of 29,814 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 84.89% of applicants. Northern Arizona University offers 237 different majors and is best known for its Critical Theory and Analysis, Technical Teacher Education, and Biology Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 5th, 7th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,650 for in-state students and $25,270 for those from out-of-state, Northern Arizona University is somewhat moderately expensive. 53.93% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate more or less $40,100 per year, which is 3% under the national median.

Flagstaff, AZ

https://nau.edu/

C+

Rating

85%

Acceptance

34,934

Students

#912

Ranking

$25,270

Tuition

Wilmington University

#11 Best Colleges for Pre-Law Studies

Wilmington University is a large private university located in New Castle, DE ranked 3rd in Delaware. It has a total of 12,413 full-time undergraduate students. Wilmington University offers 93 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Law Studies, Behavioral Sciences, and Computer Graphics programs (nationally ranked 11th, 16th, and 16th respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,430 per year, Wilmington University is pretty low-priced. 46.16% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to make around $42,500 per year, which is 2% greater than the national median.

New Castle, DE

www.wilmu.edu

C

Rating

100%

Acceptance

20,268

Students

#1426

Ranking

$11,430

Tuition