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Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services

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The Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services degree program provides a solid foundation in legal theory and practice, offering you a broad-based knowledge of the law as well as practical areas of study required by many professions both inside and outside the legal field. The program could also prepare you for or enhance your skills within the paralegal field.

The curriculum is regularly evaluated and updated so your courses are based on current knowledge, research, and case studies in the field. You'll learn from professors who are legal practitioners with real-world experience in legal services, law, and policy. And you’ll have regular opportunities to collaborate with faculty members and classmates via live seminars, discussions boards, and one-on-one instructor interactions.

The legal support and services bachelor’s degree is not just for those seeking to work in a law firm. Corporations, insurance firms, consulting firms, and health care institutions often hire legal support and services staff.

You may wish to consider this program if you are interested in starting or enhancing your career in the legal support and services or paralegal field, or changing your current career status.* Individuals with an associate's degree who wish to advance into a position requiring a higher level of legal knowledge should also consider this program. 

Purdue Global is one of the largest providers of online legal studies programs in the United States.When you earn your degree here, you’ll join an active and diverse academic community.

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Paralegal Studies Concentration

Students of the program also have the option of selecting the paralegal studies concentration offered within the Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services. This concentration includes courses in litigation, criminal law, and administrative law.

Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services Program Highlights

This Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services program offers a practical curriculum and specialized elective options that allow you to customize your education, including a concentration in paralegal studies.

Courses offer a well-rounded academic foundation that emphasizes analytical thinking, reading comprehension, and communication skills while helping students develop the practical skills relevant to today’s job market. 

It is designed to teach you:

  • Theory and Principles: Define the basic theories, elements, and principles of law such as justice, natural law, civil rights, and the social contract between a citizen and the government. 
  • Research: Find relevant primary and secondary legal sources in electronic and print media and apply them to specific fact scenarios using prescribed analysis and argument. 
  • Investigation: Apply investigative techniques to support the development of a legal argument. 
  • Communication: Produce communications using theoretical and practical concepts from specialized areas of law. 
  • Critical Thinking: Evaluate the role of legal theory and practice in the practice of societal institutions. 
  • Real-World Applications: Apply legal principles and research data to the analysis of social, political, and economic issues. 
  • Practical and Technical Skills: Develop skills in legal research and legal writing and competencies relevant to many legal support positions. 
  • Foundational Knowledge of the Law: Build legal administrative skills. 

Professional Competencies: Exhibit professionalism while assisting during legal proceedings or investigations, preparing documents, managing technology, and researching legal issues.

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Our Tuition Cap Lowers the Cost of Your Education

At Purdue Global, we are constantly searching for ways to help students seek a brighter future, and that includes making sure our tuition costs are as low as possible. That is why we are introducing the Purdue Global Tuition Cap.

How it works: When you enroll in a participating Tuition Cap program at Purdue Global, your tuition will be capped, ensuring that you only pay a fixed amount for your education. Once you hit your cap, you will no longer have to make any payments for the rest of your education at Purdue Global, even if you have to retake a course, as long as you meet and maintain all enrollment requirements for the Purdue Global Tuition Cap program. 

Why it helps: Not only will you know exactly how much your education will cost when you enroll, but our Tuition Cap will also help you save 33%* off the total cost of your tuition. It’s part of our promise to help make college education more accessible and more affordable. Click here for answers to commonly asked questions.

*Enrollees in programs eligible for Tuition Cap pricing will pay the same tuition cost per quarter credit hour and fees as for other under­graduate programs/enrollees plus $200 per-term administrative fee and other fees. The total cost of the program, though, will be capped, other than applicable background check and/or lab fees. Savings based on the difference between capped and noncapped programs for 180 or 90 credits for bachelor’s or associate’s degrees, respectively. Students who receive transfer credit typically study for significantly fewer terms and do not receive maximum savings. Contact an Admissions Advisor for details.

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Why Purdue Global?

Degree Path Flexibility

Work toward any of the following Purdue Global master's degrees while you earn your bachelor's degree: Master of Public AdministrationMaster of Science in Legal StudiesMaster of Science in Human Services, or Master of Science in Psychology.  

Transfer Credit Assessment 

We'll help assess your  prior learning and experience to see what qualifies for college credit―credit that could save you time and money, and help you earn your degree sooner.

Learning That Fits Your Schedule

Our online degree programs are designed to provide you with the flexibility to attend college while you work. Together we'll develop a study schedule that allows you to balance work, family, and your education.

Experienced Faculty

You'll learn from faculty who are experienced in their respective fields. They bring a wealth of real-world experience to the courses they teach, so you learn the relevant skills and knowledge you need to excel in your chosen field.  

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We're confident that once you attend Purdue Global you'll find everything you need, from a high-quality education to dedicated support and service. The Purdue Global Commitment lets you try us for 3 weeks with no tuition obligation beyond the application fee.

Commitment and Support You Can Count On 

  • Work with our Student Support team to build a personalized degree plan that aligns best with your ultimate career goal.
  • Connect with an enthusiastic community of students from every corner of the country, and learn from faculty members who actively participate in their profession.
  • Participate in interactive webinars, informative speaker series, and student clubs where you'll interact with industry leaders and network with individuals who share your passion for driving positive change.
  • Visit our news and resources to explore faculty articles, student success stories, career advice, and more.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

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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What are the Career Opportunities?

Certain segments of the legal field are projected to expand as businesses create in-house legal departments and litigation continues to rise. Opportunities for legal assistants within law firms are also projected to expand as firms try to increase the efficiency of legal services and lower their expenses.However, while opportunities are expected to rise, the legal field remains a competitive one.  

The Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services program is designed to help prepare you for a career in the legal, business, government, health care, banking, real estate, or the service industry. Positions you could pursue with this degree include:

Title Examiner

Search real estate records, examine titles, or summarize pertinent legal or insurance documents or details for a variety of purposes. Compile lists of mortgages, contracts, and other instruments pertaining to titles by searching public and private records for law firms, real estate agencies, or title insurance companies.

Legal Secretary

Perform secretarial duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research. Sample job titles: Judicial Administrative Assistant, Legal Administrative Secretary, Litigation Assistant, and Magistrate Assistant.

Paralegal or Legal Assistant

Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action. Sample job titles: Immigration Paralegal, Legal Analyst, Legal Assistant, Paralegal, Paralegal Specialist, Real Estate Paralegal, Contracts Paralegal, and Litigation Paralegal.

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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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What Courses Will I Take?

Legal knowledge can be applied to a variety of careers and settings. This bachelor's degree offers a solid foundation in legal practice and theory. You can also customize your degree with the paralegal studies concentration. Courses include:

  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Law and Society
  • Business Law
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Ethics and the Legal Environment
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Standard
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits88
  • Open Elective Credits59
  • Total Credits180
Concentration
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits93
  • Open Elective Credits54
  • Total Credits180

Can I Afford This?

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Fixed Tuition for New Enrollees

$45,000 maximum cost of attendance
180 number of credits

View Tuition Cap FAQs. The Purdue Global Tuition Cap may not be used in conjunction with any Purdue Global tuition reductions, including military spouse reductions. Military servicemembers and veterans are not eligible for the Purdue Global Tuition Cap.


Gainful Employment Disclosures

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*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.

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2015-2016 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Legal Professions and Studies, on the Internet at nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. 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.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the internet www.bls.gov/ooh/Legal/Paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

§Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.