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Purdue University Global | AAS in Legal Support and Services

The Associate of Applied Science in Legal Support and Services program at Purdue University Global is designed to give students the opportunity to learn skills required in the legal industry. Continue on to read more about this program.

Official Program Name:

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Legal Support and Services

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Associate's degree

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the AAS in Legal Support and Services degree program should have some interest in law or legal procedure. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or the equivalent, and some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Launch your career in a variety of industries that rely on professionals with specialized legal knowledge and skills or prepare to sit for the Certified Paralegal Examination.* Earn your degree 100% online from one of the largest providers of legal programs in the U.S.†

• Program Highlights: Study the law and legal profession, American jurisprudence, legal research and writing, civil litigation, torts, legal technology, family law, legal ethics, and criminal law.

• Certification: The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) recognizes this degree as meeting the coursework criteria for eligibility to sit for the Certified Paralegal Examination.*

• Career Opportunities: Paralegal, legal assistant, legal secretary, title examiner/abstractor/searcher

• Bachelor's Degree Foundation: Transfer your associate's degree into a future Purdue Global bachelor's degree in legal to cover half of the requirements.‡

• Emphasis on Real-World Skills: Complete a hands-on final project in which you demonstrate the knowledge of the law you have gained.

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), 2018-2019 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Legal Support Services, Based on total number of degrees and certificates granted by Purdue Global compared to other Title IV institutions.

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.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

90 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Associate of Applied Science in Legal Support and Services

Students of this program are required to take five courses (25 credits) as part of their core requirements, ten courses (50 credits) as part of their major requirement and 15 credits as part of the open elective requirement.

Core Requirements (25 credits)

  • College Composition I
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • College Composition II
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Survey of Mathematics
    • College Algebra
  • Choose one of the following:
    • American Government
    • Technology and Society
    • The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach

Major Requirements (50 credits)

  • Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession
  • Introduction to American Jurisprudence
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Civil Litigation
  • Introduction to Torts
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Introduction to Legal Technology
    • Microsoft Office Applications on Demand
  • Family Law
  • Legal Ethics
  • Criminal Law
  • Associate of Applied Science in Legal Support and Services Capstone

Open Elective Requirements (15 credits)

  • Open electives (15 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After completing their AAS in Legal Support and Services, at least half the program requirements for the Bachelor of Science are already covered.

Career Paths:

Graduates with an AAS in Legal Support and Services may be eligible to work in government, healthcare and in corporations, in addition to legal offices and firms. The knowledge gained in this program prepares students to file legal documents, prepare materials for regulatory agencies, gather and analyze data, and complete other tasks required of those working in the legal field.

Graduates may be eligible for positions within:

  • Corporate legal departments
  • Consulting firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Judicial courts and legal systems
  • Law firms

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