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Purdue University Global | Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Purdue University Global offers a Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program designed for aspiring paralegals who've already earned a bachelor's degree. Read on to find out more about this online certificate program.

Official Program Name:

Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Program Prerequisites:

This paralegal certificate program is designed for students who've already earned a bachelor's degree and could be a good fit for those who have strong research and writing skills. Students need to submit undergraduate transcripts or other proof of an earned degree by the end of their first quarter. In general, applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Advance your career in areas such as health care, intellectual property, international law, criminal law, or environmental law. Complete your certificate 100% online at one of the largest providers of legal studies programs in the U.S.*

• Program Highlights: Study the law, the legal profession, legal research and writing, civil litigation, legal ethics, criminal law, and law office management.

• Career Opportunities: Legal secretary, legal assistant, or paralegal in settings such as law firms, government agencies, corporate legal departments, title insurance firms, insurance companies, and banks

• Career-Focused Elective: Align your certificate to your career goals by choosing an elective in either family law; wills, trusts, and estates; family law; bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law; or real estate law.

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.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

36-37 credits.

Financial Aid:

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 Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate:

In addition to completing six major courses, students take an elective course. Contact Purdue University Global for the most current course and credit hour requirements, as these are subject to change from one semester to the next.

Major Requirements (31 Credits)

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

Electives (5-6 Credits)

  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning
    • Family Law
    • Criminal Law
    • Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law
    • Real Estate Law

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

While Purdue University Global's postbaccalaureate certificate program is designed to prepare graduates for career entry, they could also consider continuing their studies in a related master's degree program. These programs' curricula typically include the advanced study of legal drafting, research, and legal theory.

Career Paths:

The research, writing, and office management skills this Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program is designed to develop can be used to find employment in a variety of settings. This program also aims to develop students' critical-thinking skills and ability to apply legal opinions to an organization's current cases, regardless of the area of law being practiced. Purdue University Global's program graduates could work as paralegals for employers that include:

  • Government agencies
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Private law offices
  • Real estate firms

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