Kansas City, MO (population: 454,520) has four legal assistant schools within its city limits. Rockhurst University, the highest ranked school in the city with a legal assistant program, has a total student population of 3,029. It is the 1885th highest ranked school in the USA and the 57th highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Legal Assistant students from Kansas City 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 Kansas City-KS area alone, there are 40 employed administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers earning an average salary of $109,630. Paralegals and legal assistants in this area earn $49,580/yr and there are 2,410 employed.
Kansas City lies in Jackson county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.437 out of every 1000 jobs in Kansas City are held by paralegals and legal assistants, and 0.041/1000 are held by administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers.
Of the 4 legal assistant schools in Kansas City, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Rockhurst University comes out as the most expensive ($17,953/yr) for legal assistant students, with Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley as the lowest, reported at only $3,266/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Kansas City|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||1.0 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||16.6 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||16.7 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||46.6 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||89.0 miles|