*Pre-law program. An advanced degree is required to become a licensed lawyer/attorney.
People working in law like to work with other people. They can win the respect of their clients, associates, and the public, and have perseverance, creativity and reasoning abilities. They can analyze complex cases and handle new and unique legal problems. Attorneys act as advocates and advisors. They are hired to advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on a multitude of legal issues and disputes. An attorney’s duties typically include advising and representing clients in courts, before government agencies, and in private legal matters; communicating with their clients and others; conducting research and analysis of legal problems; interpreting laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals and businesses; presenting facts in writing and verbally to their clients or others and arguing on their behalf; and preparing and filing legal documents such as lawsuits, appeals, wills, contracts, and deeds.
Other law-related careers include arbitrators/mediators/conciliators, court reporters, judges and hearing officers, and paralegals/legal assistants.
MCC’s Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree is designed to meet the requirements of colleges and universities to which students may wish to transfer for completion of baccalaureate (BA or BS) degrees. In many instances, transfer colleges accept this degree as equivalent to their own general education requirements.
Because the requirements for an AA transfer degree change periodically, students should check with their academic advisor or the MCC Admissions Office to confirm that they have the most current information. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree they hope to obtain and for planning their schedule accordingly.
Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa
MCC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable MCC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at MCC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the MCC Admissions Office for more information!
Law-related Careers & Job Outlook
Employment of legal occupations is projected to grow 7 percent through 2028, faster than the average occupations, which will result in about 93,300 new jobs. As law firms try to increase the efficiency of legal services and reduce their costs, there is expected to be strong demand to hire many more paralegals and legal assistants. Additionally, the demand for lawyers is expected to continue as individuals, businesses, and governments require legal services in many areas. Attorneys may be employed in private practice, they may be self-employed, or they may work for legal services or local, state and federal government.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for legal occupations was $80,810 in 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38,640. The 2018 median pay for attorneys with a doctoral/professional degree was $120,910 per year.
NOTE: All attorneys must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.
Follow these links to find additional up-to-date career and salary information on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook website:
- Arbitrators, Mediators & Conciliators
- Court Reporters
- Judges & Hearing Officers
- Paralegals & Legal Assistants