Legal Studies Schools & Colleges

Legal Studies SchoolsTraining at a legal school can enable you to set new opportunities in motion for your future.

Think about it: You can attain highly valued skills that are relevant for jobs in which you get to play a role in promoting a fair and civil society. That means your legal studies education could lead to a career with honor, purpose, and stability. In fact, many legal schools offer career-focused programs in worthwhile areas like legal assisting, law enforcement, criminal investigations, and more.

So get started on a truly fascinating path. Discover a legal studies school that aligns with your goals right now by performing a quick search with your zip code!

3 Valuable Benefits of Pursuing Legal Studies or a Similar Path



Featured Schools

Brightwood Career Institute

  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Criminal Justice


Brightwood College

California
  • Bakersfield
  • Chula Vista
  • Fresno (Clovis)
  • Modesto (Salida)
  • North County (Vista)
  • Palm Springs
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
Maryland
  • Beltsville
  • Towson
Nevada
  • Las Vegas
Tennessee
  • Nashville
Texas
  • Beaumont
  • Corpus Christi
  • Dallas
  • Fort Worth
  • McAllen
  • San Antonio
  • Criminal Justice
  • General Practice Paralegal
  • Paralegal Studies


Ashford University

  • Online
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Social and Criminal Justice
    • Corrections Management
    • Criminal Investigations
    • Homeland Security


Virginia College

  • Austin, Texas
  • Paralegal Studies


UEI College

11 Campus Locations in Southern California
  • Anaheim
  • Bakersfield
  • Chula Vista
  • El Monte
  • Encino
  • Fresno
  • Gardena
  • Huntington Park
  • Ontario
  • Riverside
  • San Marcos
  • Criminal Justice


Keiser University

16 Florida Campuses
  • Clearwater
  • Daytona Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Myers
  • Jacksonville
  • Lakeland
  • Melbourne
  • Miami
  • New Port Richey
  • Orlando
  • Pembroke Pines
  • Port St. Lucie
  • Sarasota
  • Tallahassee
  • Tampa
  • West Palm Beach
  • Crime Scene Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Financial Crime Investigation
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Homeland Security
  • Legal Studies
  • Paralegal Studies


San Joaquin Valley College

7 California Locations
  • Bakersfield
  • Fresno
  • Hesperia
  • Lancaster
  • Modesto
  • Ontario
  • Visalia
  • Criminal Justice: Corrections


Pioneer Pacific College

  • Beaverton, Oregon
  • Springfield, Oregon
  • Wilsonville, Oregon
  • Criminal Justice
  • Legal Assistant - Paralegal


Platt College

  • Anaheim, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Ontario, California
  • Riverside, California
  • Criminal Justice
  • Paralegal Studies


Salem International University

  • Online
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice - Crime Scene Investigation


Lincoln College of New England

  • Southington, Connecticut
  • Criminal Justice


Sullivan University

  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Justice & Public Safety Administration
  • Legal Administrative Assistant
  • Legal Office Management
  • Paralegal Studies


Brookline College

  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Paralegal Studies


Rasmussen College

  • Online
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
And More!
Online
  • Online
Florida
  • Fort Myers
  • Land O' Lakes/East Pasco
  • New Port Richey/West Pasco
  • Ocala
Illinois
  • Aurora/Naperville
  • Mokena/Tinley Park
  • Rockford
  • Romeoville/Joliet
Minnesota
  • Blaine
  • Bloomington
  • Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove
  • Eagan
  • Lake Elmo/Woodbury
  • Mankato
  • Moorhead
  • St. Cloud
North Dakota
  • Fargo
Wisconsin
  • Appleton
  • Green Bay
  • Wausau
  • Accelerated Criminal Justice
  • Accelerated Criminal Justice - Leadership and Management Specialization
  • Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement Academics
  • Law Enforcement Skills
  • Paralegal


Harrison College

Indiana
  • Anderson
  • Columbus
  • Evansville
  • Fort Wayne
  • Indianapolis (Downtown)
  • Lafayette
  • Terre Haute
Ohio
  • Columbus
  • Criminal Justice


Berks Technical Institute


Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
  • Criminal Justice
  • Paralegal


McCann School of Business & Technology

Louisiana
  • Monroe
  • Shreveport
Pennsylvania
  • Allentown
  • Hazleton
  • Lewisburg
  • Pottsville
  • Wilkes-Barre
  • Criminal Justice
  • Paralegal


Miami-Jacobs Career College

  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Independence, Ohio
  • Criminal Justice
  • Paralegal


Miller-Motte College

  • Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Criminal Justice
  • Paralegal


Miller-Motte Technical College

Georgia
  • Columbus
South Carolina
  • Charleston
Tennessee
  • Chattanooga
  • Clarksville
Virginia
  • Lynchburg
  • Criminal Justice
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Security and Investigation


YTI Career Institute

  • Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Criminal Justice & First Response


Beckfield College

  • Florence, Kentucky
  • Tri-County (Cincinnati), Ohio
  • Criminal Justice
  • Paralegal Studies


Bryan University

  • Online
*Online program availability varies by state.
  • Paralegal Studies and Litigation Technologies


Southern Technical College

  • Ft. Myers, Florida
  • Port Charlotte, Florida
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Criminal Justice


Post University

  • Online
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Management & Homeland Security
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Human Services: Criminal Justice
  • Legal Studies
  • Paralegal (Legal Studies)


American InterContinental University

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Houston, Texas
  • Business Administration - Forensic Accounting
  • Criminal Justice


Lansdale School of Business

  • North Wales, Pennsylvania
  • Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
  • Criminal Justice
  • Paralegal


National American University

  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Texas
And More!
Colorado
  • Colorado Springs (North)
  • Colorado Springs (South)
Kansas
  • Overland Park
  • Wichita (West)
Minnesota
  • Bloomington
  • Roseville
Missouri
  • Kansas City (Northland)
New Mexico
  • Albuquerque West
South Dakota
  • Rapid City
Texas
  • Georgetown
  • Lewisville
  • South Austin
Online
  • Online
  • Business Administration Emphasis in Pre-Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Paralegal Studies


Berkeley College

New Jersey
  • Dover
  • Newark
  • Paramus
  • Woodbridge
  • Woodland Park
New York
  • Brooklyn
  • New York City
  • White Plains
Online
  • Online (Available in CT, NJ, NY, and PA)
  • Justice Studies - Criminal Justice
  • Legal Studies
  • National Security


Carrington College

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Nevada
And More!
Arizona
  • Mesa
  • Phoenix East
  • Phoenix North
  • Tucson
California
  • Citrus Heights
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Sacramento
  • San Jose
  • San Leandro
  • Stockton
Nevada
  • Las Vegas
Washington
  • Spokane
  • Criminal Justice


City College

  • Altamonte Springs, Florida
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Gainesville, Florida
  • Miami, Florida
  • Criminal Justice
  • Legal Assisting / Paralegal
  • Private Investigating Services


ECPI University

North Carolina
  • Charlotte
  • Raleigh
Virginia
  • Manassas (Northern VA)
  • Newport News
  • Richmond
  • Virginia Beach
  • Criminal Justice
  • Homeland Security


Fortis Institute

  • Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Criminal Justice


Remington College

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Criminal Justice


Institute of Technology

  • Clovis, California
  • Modesto, California
  • Criminology and Emergency Response Management


Vista College

  • El Paso, Texas
  • Criminal Justice
  • Paralegal


Grand Canyon University

  • Online
  • Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies
  • Justice Studies
  • Public Safety and Emergency Management


Ashworth College

  • Online
  • Forensic Science
  • Paralegal Studies



3 Valuable Benefits of Pursuing Legal Studies or a Similar Path

Legal & Criminal Justice SchoolsAmerica's legal system is a critical piece of the foundation that supports our freedoms and way of life. It often plays a major role in bringing about social change. And it is the guardian of justice and our most cherished rights. That's why having a career in this field can be so meaningful and rewarding.

But the type of education that many legal and criminal justice schools provide can also lead to a host of other benefits. Here are three of the most practical advantages associated with choosing this path:


1. A Helpful Diversity of Fulfilling Career Possibilities

Today, many kinds of professionals need a good understanding of how the U.S. legal system works. And having that knowledge, along with some practical legal skills, can be a big selling point to potential employers across a wide range of sectors. As a result, it can generate a lot of flexibility for you when assessing your career options.

But even within the various legal sectors themselves, you'll find a lot of occupational variety. Whether you make the choice to help other people clear up their legal problems or contribute to keeping your community safe, multiple options exist. And they often provide a sense of pride, achievement, and purpose for those who choose them.

For example, aside from roles like lawyers and judges, consider these popular vocational areas:

  • Legal assisting and support—Includes paralegals, legal assistants, and legal office administration specialists who help lawyers and clients draft documents, conduct important research, maintain records, and prepare for meetings and court proceedings
  • Court reporting—Involves attending and accurately transcribing legal proceedings such as hearings, depositions, and trials
  • Mediation and arbitration—Involves helping people resolve their conflicts through alternative dispute resolution processes that don't involve court trials or litigation
  • Criminal investigations—Includes forensic crime scene investigators, forensic pathologists, and digital forensic analysts who help collect and examine physical or electronic evidence using special procedures and technology
  • Law enforcement—Involves duties like protecting property, keeping people safe, maintaining order, and investigating illegal activity as a police officer, security guard, correctional officer, emergency response manager, or similar professional
  • Private investigation—Involves working for private clients or employers to uncover and gather information and useful evidence related to anything from personal transgressions to legal or financial fraud by conducting surveillance and using other investigative methods
  • Homeland security—Includes professionals like border patrol officers, federal law enforcement agents, transportation security officers, intelligence analysts, cyber-security specialists, and many others
  • Corrections management—Involves overseeing people who are incarcerated for breaking the law while ensuring that they are treated ethically and within their rights and also have the support to pursue their goals for rehabilitation

2. Career Stability and Opportunity Growth

The effective administration of law and justice is essential to maintaining a free and fair society. Plus, our communities have no shortage of issues that must be dealt with through our legal and law enforcement institutions. Such issues are simply ongoing aspects of society that require educated and well-trained professionals to help address. Year over year, the demand continues to be stable, if not growing. Just take a look at these facts:

  • In 2013 alone, almost 13.5 million cases were handled by state-level trial courts across America, including civil, criminal, juvenile, domestic-relations, traffic, and violations cases.*
  • Nearly 1.4 million cases were filed in the U.S. federal court system during the fiscal year from September 2013 to September 2014.**
  • From 2005 to 2015, the number of lawyers in America rose by 17.7 percent.*** And lawyers, paralegals, and other legal professionals aren't just involved in court trials or litigation. In fact, a huge percentage of them specialize in more day-to-day issues related to areas like business and employment law, contracts, property transfers, taxes, estate planning, and intellectual property.
  • About 55 percent of people in the U.S. never prepare a will or estate plan, so the market for potential clients in that area of law still has a lot of room to grow.***
  • In 2010 alone, America was home to more than 28 million businesses. And roughly 400,000 new employer businesses are established each year in the U.S.†† Most of them require good legal advice and ongoing legal services, especially as they grow, enter new markets, or seek to acquire or merge with other businesses.
  • Almost 9.8 million crimes involving property or violence occurred in the U.S. in 2013.****

One of the stronger job outlooks in this sector belongs to paralegals and legal assistants, which are expected to experience employment gains of eight percent between 2014 and 2024. Other growing occupations include private investigators with projected job increases of five percent, arbitrators and mediators with nine percent estimated job growth, and court reporters with anticipated growth of two percent over the same period.†

3. Good Earning Potential

Legal training helps a lot of people build careers that generate good yearly incomes. For example, check out the pay of the following occupations (the first amount represents the average annual pay in 2015, and the second amount represents what the highest earners made that year in the U.S.):‡

  • Paralegals and legal assistants—$52,390 / over $79,010
  • Court reporters—$54,720 / over $90,510
  • Mediators and arbitrators—$69,060 / over $118,090
  • Private investigators—$52,840 / over $85,190
  • Police officers—$61,270 / over $96,110
  • Probation officers—$54,080 / over $86,140

Discover Where to Go Next

Take an easy action right now that can help you figure out which direction to go in. Use your zip code to search for a nearby legal school where your future can begin taking shape!



* Court Statistics Project, website last visited on August 13, 2015.

** United States Courts, website last visited on August 13, 2015.

*** American Bar Association, website last visited on August 24, 2015.

**** Federal Bureau of Investigation, website last visited on August 13, 2015.

† Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, website last visited on March 3, 2016.

‡ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, website last visited on May 5, 2016.

†† U.S. Small Business Administration, website last visited on August 24, 2015.