"If school isn't your thing, but you would love a big salary, consider a job that requires only a two-year degree," notes a recent article by Monster.com. The article lists nine high-paying jobs where Monster's Salary Wizard puts the median salary at $45,000 or more. The good news is: two of these nine jobs - police officer and paralegal - are careers in the legal/law enforcement industry. The bad news is: to land the higher paying positions within these industries you really do need a bachelor's degree.
With respect to paralegal careers, Monster.com states: "Most paralegals get into the field by earning an associate's degree or a certificate. The highest-paying jobs for paralegals are usually at large law firms located in high-cost areas."
Unfortunately, the highest paying jobs do not generally go to paralegals with associate's degrees; the law firms that deliver the fattest paychecks can also be the choosiest and almost always require a bachelor's degree along with specific paralegal training.
With respect to police officers, the article states: "You can get hired onto a local force if you have a high school diploma and can pass an agility test, but federal law-enforcement jobs require a college degree." Again, federal law-enforcement jobs are generally the highest paying police jobs and those are the jobs that require a college degree.
In short, if you're goal is to land a high-paying job in the legal industry, invest in your education. Those few extra years in college will go a long way toward qualifying you for more lucrative job opportunities.