Associate of Applied Science in Legal Support & Services
Purdue University Global

Program Details

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.

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School Accreditation & Licensing

Purdue University Global is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

High School or Equivalent

Application Requirements

Criminal Background Check, Official High School Transcript/GED Score

Restricted States

Indiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Utah, Wyoming