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The Bachelor of Science in Business and Society is designed especially to prepare business students for the study and practice of law, with a particular emphasis and business and economic issues related to law.

Educational Qualifications

Most paralegals and legal assistants have an associate’s degree in paralegal studies, or a bachelor’s degree in another field and a certificate in paralegal studies. In some cases, employers may hire college graduates with a bachelor’s degree but no legal experience or education and train them on the job. Formal requirements to become a lawyer usually include a 4-year college degree, 3 years of law school, and passing a written bar examination.

Job Outlook

Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of lawyers is expected to grow by 10 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Entering Salary

The median annual wage of accountants and auditors was $61,690 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $38,940 and the top 10 percent earned more than $106,880.

The median annual wage of paralegals and legal assistants was $46,680 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,460, and the top 10 percent earned more than $74,870. The median annual wage of lawyers was $112,760 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $54,130, and the top 10 percent earned more than $166,400.

The median annual wage of financial analysts was $74,350 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $44,490, and the top 10 percent earned more than $141,700.

The median annual wage of medical and health services managers was $84,270 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $51,280, and the top 10 percent earned more than $144,880.

The median annual wage of management analysts was $78,160 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $43,900, and the top 10 percent earned more than $138,790.

The median annual wage of human resources specialists was $52,690 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,050, and the top 10 percent earned more than $93,260.

The median annual wage of market research analysts was $60,570 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $33,350, and the top 10 percent earned more than $111,440. The median annual wage for marketing managers was $112,800 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $57,750, and the top 10 percent earned more than $166,400.

In May 2010 the wages for economists began at $89,450, for urban planners $40,410, and for political scientists $48,720

Career information adapted from:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2012). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh