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Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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If you're interested in making a transition into the legal field, this paralegal certificate program is designed to help you build your knowledge of the profession and gain the foundational coursework to pursue a career as a paralegal or legal assistant.*  

Our Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate online program concentrates on building practical skills that could give you a competitive edge. In this program you will explore how to communicate effectively in a legal environment, conduct legal research, and evaluate legal sources. You'll apply learned concepts to relevant legal arguments and examine ethics in legal environments. Courses include live seminars, discussion boards, and one-on-one instructor feedback. And, our paralegal certificate professors are legal practitioners with real-world experience in legal services, law, and policy.

Purdue Global is one of the largest providers of online legal studies programs in the United States.† When you earn your certificate from Purdue Global, you join an active and diverse alumni community.

Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program Highlights

This program focuses on:

  • Communication: Communicate effectively in legal environments.
  • Ethics: Apply ethical decision making to paralegal practice.
  • Critical Thinking: Apply critical thinking to paralegal practice situations.
  • Practice: Analyze theoretical and practical concepts in areas of legal specialization.
  • Legal Research: Conduct different types of legal research.
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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?

If you have already earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, the Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program at Purdue Global is designed to offer a convenient route to beginning a new career as a paralegal or a legal assistant.

This paralegal certificate program can provide you with the specialized knowledge necessary to seek employment as a paralegal or legal assistant in:

  • Private law firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Insurance companies
  • Real estate and title insurance firms
  • Banks
  • Government agencies

Paralegals are often hired to manage legal requirements for services in areas such as intellectual property, health care, international law, elder issues, criminal law, and environmental law.*

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

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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 paralegal certificate program will familiarize you with the role of the paralegal in the workplace and in the American legal system, preparing you for the real-world responsibilities of the career. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Legal Research
  • Civil Litigation
  • Legal Ethics
  • Law Office Management
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Program Requirements
  • Major Credits36-37
  • Total Credits36-37

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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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*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 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 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.