Casa Grande, AZ (population: 47,388) has eight legal assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Everest College-Phoenix, the highest ranked school in this group with a legal assistant program, has a total student population of 4,688. It is the 2854th highest ranked school in the USA and the 36th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Legal Assistant students from Casa Grande schools who go on to become legal assistants, paralegals, legal analysts, legal clerks, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 246,810 people working as paralegals and legal assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,080. Also, Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers make on average $87,620 per year and there are about 13,140 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 160 employed administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers earning an average salary of $86,280. Paralegals and legal assistants in this area earn $49,010/yr and there are 4,060 employed.
Casa Grande lies in Pinal county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Casa Grande are held by paralegals and legal assistants, and 0/1000 are held by administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers.
Of the 8 legal assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Casa Grande, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Everest College-Mesa comes out as the most expensive ($25,179/yr) for legal assistant students, with Pima Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,259/yr.
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