Legal career paths: Qualifications, Salary, and more


  • 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.

  • Associate's degree

  • 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.

  • Bachelor's degree

  • Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

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

  • Doctoral or professional degree

  • 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

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