Jobs in law follow many paths, ranging from judges and lawyers to assistants and paralegals. As a result, there are many different levels at which you can enter, and different occupations require different levels of education. Opportunities are broadly good, however, so a career in law can be quite lucrative.
Generally speaking, jobs in law are some of the best paying in the United States. Annually, lawyers earn a median salary of $139,880. Paralegals can expect to bring home a median wage of $53,180. Legal assistants earn an average of $15.57 per hour.
Jobs for lawyers are projected to grow 8 percent until 2026, about as fast as the average for all other occupations. Competition for jobs over the next 10 years is expected to be strong because more students graduate from law school each year than there are jobs available. Paralegal and legal assistant jobs, however, are expected to grow much faster than average at 15 percent.
Legal jobs are here to stay for as long as there is a legal system, and legal advice is needed by everyone from individuals to big businesses. As a result, the profession is a much-needed one in the United States.