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Pre-Law


A pre-law degree is any degree which would allow someone to enroll for law school. All ABA law schools require at least a bachelors degree for North American students. Therefore, it is not a major, but any set of courses within any bachelors degree program (whether required as part of a major or elective) which prepare one for law school.

Pre-law students may be advised or required to take upper level political science and sociology electives, such as legal systems, criminal law, international law, Policy, etc. Specific requirements for these courses vary by institution.

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Lawyers
Wage: $110,590
10 Year Growth Rate: 11.0%
Self Employed: 26.7%
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Employed Part Time: 5.9%

Education Requirements:
First professional degree
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Wage: $110,220
10 Year Growth Rate: 5.1%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Employed Part Time: 5.9%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Wage: $83,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 0.1%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Employed Part Time: 5.9%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Wage: $57,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 10.6%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Employed Part Time: 5.9%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Wage: $46,120
10 Year Growth Rate: 22.2%
Self Employed: 2.2%
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Employed Part Time: 11.0%

Education Requirements:
Associate degree
Law Clerks
Wage: $42,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -1.2%
Self Employed: 11.5%
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Employed Part Time: 13.6%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree