Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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Program at a Glance

  • Purdue Global is the largest provider of legal support services programs in the U.S.*
  • Explore how to communicate effectively in a legal environment, conduct legal research, and evaluate legal sources.
  • Apply learned concepts to relevant legal arguments and examine ethics in legal environments.
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
11 months
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
36–37
(24-25 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$371

Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate Overview

If you already possess a bachelor’s degree and are interested in transitioning into the legal field, Purdue Global’s online paralegal certificate program can help make that happen. It’s designed to help you build your knowledge of the paralegal profession and gain the foundational coursework to pursue a career as a paralegal or legal assistant.

The certificate program provides foundational knowledge and includes paralegal courses online that focus 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.

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

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

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required to enroll. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. 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

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

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

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • Prior Military Experience

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

    Credit for Military Training

  • International Tuition Reduction

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

    International Tuition and Benefits

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Interaction With Faculty and Students

Courses Taught by Highly Respected Faculty

Learn from faculty who are legal practitioners with real-world expertise in legal services, law, and policy. Collaborate via live seminars, discussions boards, and one-on-one instructor interaction.

Engage With Fellow Students

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

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

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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.

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Sample Courses
  • Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession
  • Civil Litigation
  • Legal Ethics
  • Law Office Management
  • Legal Research and Writing

Program Requirements

  • Major Credits
    36–37
  • Total Credits
    36–37

Paralegal Career Opportunities

Paralegals often manage legal requirements for services in areas such as intellectual property, health care, international law, elder issues, criminal law, and environmental law. Purdue Global's online paralegal certificate program can provide you with the specialized knowledge to pursue legal assistant or paralegal career options in a range of settings including private law firms, corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real estate and title insurance firms, banks, and government agencies.

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.

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.