Legal Studies Degree Programs

Purdue Global is one of the largest providers of online legal studies programs in the United States.* When you earn your degree in legal studies at Purdue Global, you'll join one of the most active and diverse alumni communities in the legal field.

Our legal studies programs are designed to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to become professionals, leaders, and change agents in legal or policy-oriented fields. Purdue Global’s versatile online degree programs in legal studies, legal support and services, and environmental policy are designed to prepare you to pursue a rewarding career.

The Focus Is On Practical Knowledge

Our legal studies programs are comprehensive, and our educators are professionals with expertise in law, legal services, and policy who bring real-world knowledge into the classroom.

Practical curriculum stays current by design—every course is monitored and evaluated on a regular basis to update the content and discover new ways of improving the learning experience for our students. Each program focuses on teaching students the relevant skills that can act as a foundation for law school or serve graduates in the real world. Earn your legal studies degree online without putting your life on hold.

Professional Experience While You Earn Credit

Professional experience could be part of your legal studies program. Our curriculum is enhanced by select internship courses that provide the opportunity to build your resume while you receive college credit.§ This valuable experience could help set you apart in the career marketplace.

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Degrees in Legal Services

Nearly every industry deals with legal issues in some manner, and an understanding of legal processes is no longer relegated to just the legal department. Our legal studies programs can help prepare you for a variety of related careers. For those interested in pursuing or advancing their career in legal support and services, consider our associate of applied science program. Courses are offered in popular areas such as legal research and writing, civil litigation, legal ethics, torts, and other legal disciplines.

Students interested in pursuing or advancing careers in the legal field, government, and the corporate world should consider our graduate degrees in legal studies. A master's degree in legal studies from Purdue Global can equip you with a sound knowledge of the law, legal terminology, and procedure, and could open the door to new career opportunities.

Our bachelor's degree in legal support and services provides you with solid foundational knowledge to help you pursue a variety of careers in the legal field, government, and the corporate world.

Environmental Policy Degree

For students interested in environmental issues, our environmental policy and management degree focuses on a deep understanding of the environmental policy-making process. Study the skills needed to enact and enforce policy within a variety of organizations—both in and outside of "green" industries. Blend science or business skills with the environmental regulatory knowledge that could help your organization get things done.

Discover how to create small- and large-scale environmental policy and work toward environmental issue resolutions.

Public Administration Degree

Students looking to advance their careers, make a difference, and spark community-wide change should consider our Master of Public Administration. This master's degree is designed to help practicing or aspiring administrators develop the skills and techniques to lead in a variety of public service fields.

The public administration program covers the in-depth management and public policy knowledge relevant to today's public sector. You can earn a general Master of Public Administration or pursue a concentration in the areas of criminal justice, disaster and emergency management, governmental management, or health care management.

Learning Online, But Not On Your Own

Earning your degree online with Purdue Global is a collaborative experience. We strive to make you feel more engaged in class and help you interact with classmates of all backgrounds. The vast majority of courses in our degree programs—at both the graduate and undergraduate levels—include real-time, interactive seminars. These sessions are archived for maximum convenience and flexibility for our students. Discussion boards and one-on-one feedback with instructors are also an integral part of the learning experience.

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Program availability varies by location and delivery method. Onsite course scheduling decisions are at the discretion of the campus and some courses are only available online.

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Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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Our flexible options include offering certain courses to nondegree-seeking participants. Upon successful completion of a course, the participant may transfer the credits earned toward a degree at Purdue Global if the course is part of the Purdue Global degree program.

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*Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2015-2016 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Legal Professions and Studies, on the Internet at Based on total number of degrees and certificates granted by Kaplan University compared to other Title IV, 2- and 4-year degree-granting institutions. Note: these data were reported prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Paralegals are not lawyers and cannot practice law or give legal advice. Graduates are not authorized to practice law and will not be eligible to sit for any state’s bar examination. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.