Associate of Applied Science Degree in Legal Support and Services

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Program at a Glance

  • Purdue Global is the largest provider of legal support services 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.
How Do I Get Started?

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

Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
2 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
90
(60 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$371

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.

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.

Learn From Faculty With Industry Experience

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.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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

Admission Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Education 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.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

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

    Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Grants

    Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.

    Federal and State Grants

  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

    Credit for Military Training

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Take the Next Step in Your Education and Career

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.

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 half of the program’s requirements.§

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.

What Courses Will I Take?

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.

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Sample Courses
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Civil Litigation
  • Legal Ethics
  • Introduction to Torts
  • Family Law

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
    25
  • Major Credits
    50
  • Elective Credits
    15
  • Total Credits
    90

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, and consulting firms.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Active Listening
  3. Speaking
  4. Writing
  5. Critical Thinking

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, 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.

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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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 50% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2018–2019 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Legal Support Services, nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees and certificates granted by Purdue Global compared to other Title IV institutions.

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.

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.