Associate of Applied Science Degree in Legal Support and Services

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Program at a Glance
  • Purdue Global is one of the largest providers of legal studies programs in the U.S.*
  • An internship option allows you to gain real-world experience as you earn your degree.
  • Graduates may be eligible to sit for professional paralegal certifications.
  • This program is eligible for the Tuition Cap, which ensures you pay a fixed amount for your education.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 10 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 90
TUITION CAP MAX COST $22,500
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Associate of Applied Science in Legal Support and Services Overview

An online associate’s degree in legal support and services can prepare you to provide legal services and support not only in law firms but also in corporations, health care institutions, and more. Develop the skills for a career in this diverse field with Purdue Global’s associate’s degree in legal support and services.

The curriculum includes comprehensive study in areas such as legal research and writing, civil litigation, legal ethics, torts, and various legal disciplines to help you gain foundational knowledge of the law and legal administrative skills.

In Purdue Global’s online legal support and services degree program, you'll learn from faculty who offer real-world expertise in legal services, law, and policy. Courses can prepare you to:

  • Analyze data necessary to assist clients.
  • Identify and gather information.
  • Communicate with diverse stakeholders. 
  • Draft and organize information for litigation.
  • Prepare documents used in legal proceedings.
  • Prepare materials for submission to regulatory agencies.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

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Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

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Legal Support and Services Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for legal support and services is expected to rise. Graduates with an associate's degree can pursue career paths in environments that include:

  • Contract-driven industries such as real estate and licensing
  • Corporate legal departments
  • The court and judicial system
  • Legal firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Consulting firms

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.

Prepare for the Certified Paralegal Examination

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

Engage With Fellow Students

When you earn your degree from Purdue Global, you join an active and diverse alumni community.


Students enrolled in the associate’s degree program are invited to join organizations such as the Purdue Global Law Society for further networking and educational opportunities.

Get a Head Start on Your Next Degree

By completing the associate’s degree in legal support and services, you’ll not only earn a valuable credential to make an immediate impact on your career, but you’ll also lay the groundwork for your next degree. Transfer your associate’s degree into a Purdue Global bachelor's degree in legal support and services, covering at least half of the program’s requirements.#

The core curriculum builds fundamental knowledge of the law and prepares you with the professional competencies to assist during legal proceedings or investigations.

In your first course, you’ll develop your degree plan with a faculty member to align your degree path with your career outcomes. Your program will culminate with a capstone course that builds upon all the courses taken in the program.

Sample Courses
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Civil Litigation
  • Legal Ethics
  • Introduction to Torts
  • Family Law
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits25
  • Major Credits50
  • Elective Credits15
  • Total Credits90

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$22,500maximum cost of attendance
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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.

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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2016-2017 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Legal Professions and Studies, nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees and certificates granted by Kaplan University compared to other Title IV 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 Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Paralegals are not lawyers and cannot practice law or give legal advice. 

§Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. 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.

#The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.