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Legal Secretary Certificate

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Law firms rely on trained secretaries and assistants to handle day-to-day operations such as preparing legal correspondence, summonses, motions, and subpoenas so that lawyers and paralegals can focus on preparing cases. The Legal Secretary Certificate could prepare you to meet these needs as you learn how to communicate effectively in a legal environment, conduct legal research, analyze theoretical and practical concepts of law, produce written legal correspondence, and evaluate legal sources.

You will study the role of the paralegal in the civil litigation process and develop the skills necessary for effective legal writing, document processing, and use of software applications. Courses include live seminars, discussion boards, and one-on-one instructor feedback. And, our professors are legal practitioners with real-world experience in legal services, law, and policy. 

When you are ready to further your education, credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be transferred to other Purdue Global associate's and bachelor's degree programs.

Purdue Global is one of the largest providers of online legal studies programs in the United States.* This means that when you earn your Legal Secretary Certificate from Purdue Global, you join an active and diverse alumni communities.

Legal Secretary Certificate Program Highlights

This program focuses on:

  • Communication: Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in the legal environment.
  • Ethical Decision Making: Demonstrate the ability to apply ethical decision making in the practice of paralegal.
  • Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking to resolve paralegal practice problems.
  • Theory and Practice: Demonstrate the ability to synthesize and analyze theoretical and practical concepts from a variety of areas of legal specializations.
  • Basic Skills: Demonstrate the ability to apply and employ basic office secretarial skills to produce legal forms and documents.
  • Legal Communication: Demonstrate the ability to produce written legal correspondence and documentation.
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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?

This program provides you with the specialized knowledge and skills to seek employment as a legal secretary or legal administrative assistant in a variety of settings.

You may qualify to work in the following environments: 

  • Law firm
  • Government agency
  • Health services agency
  • Education services agency
  • Legal departments of organizations in the profit and nonprofit sectors
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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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April 18, 2018

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December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

This legal secretary training program is designed to help you acquire the knowledge, skills, and work habits employers seek when hiring legal secretaries or legal administrative assistants. Courses include:

  • Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession
  • Legal Terminology and Transcription
  • Introduction to Legal Technology
  • Law Office Management
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Program Requirements
  • Major Credits31
  • Total Credits31

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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$371.00 cost per credit
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Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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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.

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.