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In the legal field, you will utilize your knowledge of human behavior to help clients with a variety of problems.

Since much of the legal field involves negotiating with other people, an understanding of psychology can provide you with a strong foundation and competitive edge.

Learn more from alumni who have gone into this field below.

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Paralegal

As a paralegal, you assist in legal work, such as research or interviewing clients. Paralegals can work for lawyers, law offices, corporations, or government agencies.

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Typical salary: $38,000 - $64,000 per year

Requirements:

  • Vary by state and employer.
  • Arizona has no set requirements at the state level
An ABA-approved course in paralegal studies may make you a more viable candidate.

Bailiff

As a bailiff, you help run court procedures and maintain order within the courtroom.

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Typical salary: $32,000 - $60,000 per year

Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Required training varies per state and position
Click here to learn more about how to become a bailiff

Judicial Law Clerk

As a judicial law clerk, you will work with a judge to research, prepare, and proofread legal documents.

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Typical salary: $32,000- $97,000

Job outlook: Expected to increase by 5.5% by 2026

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the academic field of your choice
  • Take the LSAT
  • Complete a 3-year Juris Doctor (JD) degree
  • Pass the bar

Lawyer

As a lawyer, you could handle anything from business contract negotiations to criminal trials.

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Typical salary: $78,000 - $178,000 per year depending on the type of law

Job outlook: Expected to increase by 8% by 2026

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the academic field of your choice
  • 3-year Juris Doctor (JD) degree
  • Pass the bar exam
Click here to learn more about the business law focus at Sandra Day O'Connor

Judge

As a judge, you will preside over various cases to advise and administer rulings.

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Typical salary: $67,000 - $162,000 per year

Requirements:

  • 3-year Juris Doctor (JD) degree with any focus
  • Pass the bar and practice as an attorney
  • After gaining experience as a lawyer, you may submit your name for consideration to be either appointed or elected as a judge.

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