Online Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services

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Total Courses
Cost per Credit
4 years
Average Completion*
15–18 Hours/Week
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Bachelor’s in Legal Support and Services Overview

Demand for legal assistants and paralegals is increasing fast. It’s time to come back and earn your bachelor’s degree — be ready to take on real, growing opportunities with an education from the largest university provider of legal support services programs in the U.S.

  • Broaden your career outlook. Beyond law firms, employers in corporations, insurance agencies, consulting firms, health care, and many other settings need legal support staff.
  • Gain analytical thinking, reading comprehension, legal writing, and communication skills, plus the practical and technical skills required by many professions both inside and outside the legal field.
  • Focus your degree plan with an optional concentration in paralegal studies.
  • Prepare to sit for professional paralegal certifications.
  • Learn from faculty who are practitioners with real-world experience in legal services, law, and policy and know what it takes to succeed in the field.

Build Skills and Knowledge You Can Use Right Away

  • Understand the principles of justice, natural law, and civil rights, as well as the social contract between a citizen and the government.
  • Research legal sources and apply them to actual scenarios using analysis and argument.
  • Apply legal theories and research data to real-world social, political, and economic issues.
  • Exhibit professionalism while assisting with legal proceedings or investigations, managing technology, and more.
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Prepare for Certification

The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) recognizes the Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services as meeting the coursework criteria for eligibility to sit for the Certified Paralegal Examination.

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Learning Beyond the Classroom

Gain hands-on experience and make connections through an optional internship.

You can also join organizations such as the Purdue Global Law Society for further networking and leadership opportunities.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

What Courses Will I Take?

This bachelor's degree offers a solid foundation in legal practice and theory.

The curriculum is reviewed and revised continually by our dedicated curriculum department and advisory board to ensure it reflects the most recent developments in the field.

Sample Courses

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

Paralegal Concentration

The paralegal concentration helps personalize your education by focusing your electives on an area of study to best fit your desired career path. Courses include:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Law Office Management
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Core Credits
Major Credits
Elective Credits
Total Credits

Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

  • Desiré
  • Purdue Global '21

Get a Head Start on Your Master’s Degree

You can work toward a Purdue Global master's degree in legal studies, public administration, educational psychology, human services, or psychology while you earn your bachelor's degree. Complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.

Earn Credit for Prior Coursework and Experience

The average bachelor's degree student pays $15k and takes 2 years to complete their degree.

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Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Transfer Credits

Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Corporate Partner Benefits

Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

Prior Military Experience

Earn credit for your military training. The average Purdue Global military student is awarded 54% of the credits needed for an associate's and 45% of the credits needed for a bachelor's.

International Tuition Reduction

International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% international student tuition reduction.

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Career Opportunities

Though the legal field remains competitive, certain segments of the field, including opportunities for legal assistants within law firms, are projected to grow as firms try to meet the demand for legal services and lower their expenses.

The Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services program is designed to prepare you for a career in the legal, business, government, health care, banking, real estate, or service industries.

Average Salary


General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

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Not sure if Purdue Global is right for you? Experience a Purdue Global undergraduate program for an introductory 3-week period.

There’s no financial obligation and no cost to apply.

That’s the Purdue Global Commitment.

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Download our brochure to learn more about the Online Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

Prepare yourself for success with a bachelor’s degree in legal support.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.


Faculty members who have advanced degrees


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Faculty publications in 2021–2022

More Than 38,000

Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

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*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Bachelor's Completion Time and Average Net Price: The average completion time for Purdue Global online bachelor’s degree students who graduated in the 2022–2023 academic year was 2.3 years. Average net price reflects charges for all graduates, including those who transferred to Purdue Global, after application of scholarships, tuition reductions, grants (including federal Pell grants for undergraduate students), employer tuition assistance, and/or military tuition assistance. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2023.

Job Growth for Paralegals and Legal Assistants: Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Largest University Provider of Legal Support Services: Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2021–2022 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Legal Support Services, Based on the total number of degrees and certificates granted by Purdue Global compared to other degree-granting institutions.

Legal Studies Programs: The coursework in Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services programs fulfill the academic requirements to apply for the National Association of Legal Assistants' (NALA) Certified Paralegal examination. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

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 state-specific requirements for licensure or certification. Refer to Purdue Global's State Licensure and Certifications page for state-specific licensure information.