Careers in Legal

Workers in this group interpret the law and support law-related activities.

Overall employment in legal occupations is projected to grow 10 percent over the next ten years, faster than the average for all occupations; this increase is expected to result in about 131,000 new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 110,000 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.

The median annual wage for legal occupations is $82,430, which is higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators facilitate negotiation and dialogue between disputing parties to help resolve conflicts outside of the court system.

Court Reporters and Simultaneous Captioners

Court reporters create word-for-word transcriptions at trials, depositions, and other legal proceedings. Simultaneous captioners provide similar transcriptions for television or for presentations in other settings, such as press conferences and business meetings, for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Judges and Hearing Officers

Judges and hearing officers apply the law by overseeing the legal process in courts. They also conduct pretrial hearings, resolve administrative disputes, facilitate negotiations between opposing parties, and issue legal decisions.


Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Paralegals and legal assistants perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents.

Additional Legal Occupations

Judicial Law Clerks

Judicial Law Clerks Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.

Legal Support Workers (all other)

All legal support workers not listed separately.

Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers

Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers search real estate records, examine titles, or summarize pertinent legal or insurance documents.

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