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2022 Pre-Law Degree Guide

A Recent Jump in Pre-Law Degrees

#633 Most Popular Major
540 Degrees Awarded
26.9% Increase in Graduates

Pre-Law was the 633rd most popular major in the 2019-2020 school year. Colleges in the United States reported awarding 540 degrees in this year alone. This is a difference of 145 over the prior year, a growth of 26.9%.

Approximately 92 colleges in the U.S. offer a pre-law degree of some kind. This year's Best Pre-Law Schools ranking compares 14 of them to identify the best overall programs in the country. Explore this or one of our many other custom pre-law rankings further below.

Pre-Law Degree Requirements

Prior Education for a Pre-Law Program

New students will need to have completed high school or a GED program and each school will have their own minimum GPA and SAT/ACT test requirements. In addition to these basic pre-law program qualifications, to serve in some pre-law careers, special certification may be required outside of your degree.

Types of Pre-Law Degrees

Pre-Law degree levels vary. Pre-Law programs offered by schools range from a to a , which is the highest pre-law degree you can get. Pre-Law programs can take anywhere between one to four or more years for a full-time student to complete.

Degree Credit Requirements Typical Program Length
Associate Degree 60-70 credits 2 years
Bachelor’s Degree 120 credits 4 years
Master’s Degree 50-70 credits 1-3 years
Doctorate Program required coursework including thesis or dissertation At least 4 years

Pre-Law Careers

Pre-Law Degree Salary Potential

As you might expect, salaries for pre-law graduates vary depending on the level of education that was acquired.

Study Areas in Pre-Law

Pre-Law is one of 1 different types of Non-Professional General Legal Studies programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Pre-Law

Related Major Annual Graduates
Legal Studies 3,546

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