Law Schools

As a professor or instructor of law classes at one of the 2,573 accredited law schools in the country, you play a key role in shaping the future of this growing field. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the law academic community and the future trends. Academia in law includes law training at the following levels:

  • Law Certificate
  • Associates degree in Law
  • Bachelors degree in Law
  • Masters degree in Law
  • PhD degree in Law


Statistics

Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Law professionals

2,032,300 2,061,550 2,080,780 2,077,710 2,096,250
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

2,096,250 law professionals were working in the US in the year 2010. The number of law professionals has grown by 3% between 2006 and 2010.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. This trend is expected to contine until the year 2018.

National Salary percentiles for Law professionals

10th percentile
$31,771
25th percentile
$42,483
50th percentile
$61,478
75th percentile
$80,908
90th percentile
$70,942

The median yearly salary earned by law professionals, in 2010, was $61,478. This is 5% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Law

$55,918 $58,405 $60,174 $61,834 $61,478
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for law professionals have grown by 10%.

Educational Trends

National Law Student enrollment growth by degree

32,564 33,895 34,997 35,937 38,769
63,825 68,393 71,182 75,913 44,498
160 174 11,515 20,019 37,509
12,169 12,355 13,029 14,127 10,759
67,967 68,817 57,111 48,900 22,570
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Law
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Law
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Law
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Law
  • Grey: Certificate in Law

The career outlook for law professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the US, 176,685 students graduated from law degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 154,105 students graduated from law schools.

This represents a 13% change in the number of graduates. This decline in the number of students graduating from law courses is greater than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Law Programs offered Nationwide

associate
2,181
bachelor
1,106
master
439
doctor
223
Certificate
1,133
Total5,082

It is interesting to note that as student graduation is down, the number of schools offering law programs has increased. There were 1134 law schools across the country in 2006. And there were 2573 schools in 2010.

Law Faculty Salaries

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States

  1. California253 Schools
  2. Texas152 Schools
  3. Ohio137 Schools
  4. Pennsylvania127 Schools
  5. Florida125 Schools
  6. New York121 Schools
  7. North Carolina102 Schools
  8. Illinois100 Schools
  9. Georgia77 Schools
  10. Virginia77 Schools
  11. Michigan73 Schools
  12. Missouri71 Schools
  13. Indiana68 Schools
  14. Minnesota65 Schools
  15. Massachusetts63 Schools
  16. Tennessee54 Schools
  17. New Jersey50 Schools
  18. Wisconsin49 Schools
  19. Kentucky47 Schools
  20. Louisiana45 Schools
  21. Oklahoma45 Schools
  22. Arizona43 Schools
  23. Colorado43 Schools
  24. Washington State42 Schools
  25. Alabama42 Schools
  26. South Carolina42 Schools
  27. Iowa36 Schools
  28. Kansas35 Schools
  29. Arkansas34 Schools
  30. New Mexico30 Schools
  31. Connecticut30 Schools
  32. Maryland29 Schools
  33. West Virginia28 Schools
  34. Oregon27 Schools
  35. Utah27 Schools
  36. Mississippi24 Schools
  37. Nebraska20 Schools
  38. Nevada14 Schools
  39. South Dakota13 Schools
  40. Maine12 Schools
  41. Hawaii12 Schools
  42. New Hampshire12 Schools
  43. Idaho11 Schools
  44. North Dakota10 Schools
  45. Washington DC10 Schools
  46. Delaware9 Schools
  47. Wyoming8 Schools
  48. Rhode Island8 Schools
  49. Montana8 Schools
  50. Vermont8 Schools
  51. Alaska3 Schools

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