Legal Occupations

Employment of legal occupations is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average, which will result in about 64,600 new jobs.

The median annual wage for legal occupations was $78,170 in May 2015, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $36,200.

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

Court reporters create word-for-word transcriptions at trials, depositions, and other legal proceedings. Some court reporters provide captioning for television and real-time translation for deaf or hard-of-hearing people at public events, in business meetings, or in classrooms.

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 do 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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