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  • Why a Kaplan University Legal Studies Degree?

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    Legal Studies Graduate

    Kaplan University is one of the largest provider of online legal studies programs in the United States.* Since 2001, we have helped over 6,500 legal studies graduates achieve their educational goals. When you earn your degree in legal studies at Kaplan University, you'll join one of the most active and diverse alumni communities in the legal field.

    As part of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, our legal studies programs are designed to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to become professionals, leaders, and change agents in fields that lead or support legal efforts and policy-oriented processes within society or organizations. Our wide-ranging online degree programs in legal studies, paralegal studies, and environmental policy are designed to fit your specific educational goals and prepare you to pursue a rewarding career.

    The Focus Is on Practical Knowledge

    Our legal studies programs are comprehensive, and our educators are professionals with expertise in law, legal services, and policy that bring their real-world knowledge into the classroom.

    Our practical curriculum stays current by design-every course is monitored and evaluated on a regular basis to update the content and discover new ways of improving the learning experience for our students. Each program focuses on the skills that a student could immediately apply in their career or serve as a foundation for law school.

    Professional Experience While You Earn Credit

    Professional experience could be part of your legal studies program-the curriculum is enhanced by select internship courses that provide you with the opportunity to build your resume while you receive college credit.§ This valuable experience could help you get ahead.

    Degrees in Paralegal Studies or Legal Studies

    Just about every aspect of an industry has some contact with legal issues, and an understanding of legal regulation and process is no longer relegated to just the legal department. Our legal studies program offerings fit a variety of career goals. For those interested in pursuing or advancing their career as a paralegal or legal assistant, consider the undergraduate programs in paralegal studies. Elective courses are offered in popular areas of law like alternative dispute resolution, civil litigation, criminal law, bankruptcy law, and intellectual property.

    Students interested in pursuing or advancing in a variety of careers in the legal field, government, and the corporate world should consider our undergraduate or graduate degrees in legal studies. A master's degree in legal studies from Kaplan University could help prepare you for advancement opportunities where knowledge of the law, legal terminology, and procedure would be advantageous. 
    Our bachelor's degree in legal studies provides you with a solid foundational knowledge to help you advance to law school or graduate school, or to pursue a variety of careers in the legal field, government, and the corporate world.‡

    Environmental Policy Degrees

    For students interested in environmental issues, our environmental policy and management degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level are designed to equip graduates with a deep understanding of the environmental policy-making process and the skills needed to enact and enforce that policy within a variety of organizations-both in and outside of "green" industries. Blend science or business skills with the environmental regulatory knowledge that could help your organization get things done. Discover how to create environmental policy on both large and small scales, and how environmental issues can be resolved and implemented.

    Public Administration Degrees

    Students looking to advance their careers, make a difference, and drive change in communities, should consider our Master of Public Administration. The master's degree is designed to help practicing or aspiring administrators develop the skills and techniques to provide leadership in a wide variety of public service fields. 
    The public administration program teaches you the in-depth management and public policy knowledge relevant to today's public sector. You can earn a general Master of Public Administration or pursue intensive study in the areas of criminal justice, disaster and emergency management, governmental management, or health care management.
     

    Learning Online, But Not On Your Own

    Earning your degree online with Kaplan University is a collaborative experience. Our goal is to make you feel more engaged in class and help you interact with classmates of all backgrounds. The vast majority of courses in our degree programs-at both the graduate and undergraduate levels-include real-time, interactive seminars. These sessions are archived for maximum convenience and flexibility for our students. Discussion boards are also an integral part of the learning experience, including one-on-one feedback with instructors.

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    Master's Degrees

    Master of Science in Environmental Policy

    Turn your passion for global preservation into a meaningful career with a master’s degree in environmental policy. This program is designed to prepare you to take on a specialist or leadership role in the environmental industry by helping organizations develop, maintain, or design better sustainable solutions.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 55

    Time to Complete: 2 years (full-time)

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    Master of Science in Legal Studies

    If you have an interest in the law and social issues and wish to incorporate that interest into your career, earning the Master of Science in Legal Studies could help you earn the valuable credentials employers demand. Our online program is designed for busy, working adults who want to further their knowledge of the legal system without the pressures of law school or studying for the bar exam.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 55

    Time to Complete: 2 years (full-time)

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    Bachelor's Degrees

    Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management

    You have always cared about the environment ―with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management, you could turn that social consciousness into a career. This program is designed to help you apply your talent in pursuit of environmental policy positions or to advance in existing careers that are being shaped by the green economy.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 180

    Time to Complete: 4 Years (full-time)

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    Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

    If you have an interest in law and are preparing for the rigors of law school or looking to enhance your chances of success in an existing or future career in business, government, health care or the service industry, consider the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies at Kaplan University. It offers a solid foundation in theory and application of the law with the development of both practical skills and analytical skills essential to professionals in various industries.

    Learning Method: Online (nationwide); or Campus (blend of online and onsite instruction - select locations only)

    Total Degree Credits: 180

    Time to Complete: 4 Years (full-time)

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    Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies

    Successful careers in the paralegal field demand advanced skills and legal knowledge. Whether you have years of experience or are new to the field, with the Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies you have the opportunity to build a solid foundation of knowledge in specialized areas of law while you develop paralegal skills, including analyzing data and information to assist clients throughout the legal process, performing legal research using electronic and print media, and preparing and maintaining legal schedules and legal documents.

    Learning Method: Online (nationwide); or Campus (blend of online and onsite instruction - select locations only)

    Total Degree Credits: 180

    Time to Complete: 4 years or less (full-time)

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    Associate's Degrees

    Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies

    The Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies program could help you set a firm foundation for your future. The curriculum is designed to provide you with comprehensive study in areas such as civil litigation, contracts, legal research, and criminal law that could prepare you for diverse career opportunities in the field.

    Learning Method: Online (nationwide); or Campus (blend of online and onsite instruction) 

    Total Degree Credits: 90

    Time to Complete: As little as 12 months and up to 2 years (full-time)

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    Certificates

    Legal Secretary Certificate

    Whether you are an experienced secretary or new to the field, Kaplan University offers a convenient, flexible program through which you could gain legal knowledge while honing vital secretarial skills to help you succeed in the workplace. Throughout the program you will have the opportunity to become familiar with the role of the paralegal in the workplace and in the American legal system.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 31

    Time to Complete: 4 quarters or one year

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    Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    If you’re a career changer interested in the legal field, and have already earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, the Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program at Kaplan University offers a convenient route to beginning a new career as a paralegal or a legal assistant. Kaplan University could help you acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to change career paths and enter this industry.

    Learning Method: Online (nationwide); or Campus (blend of online and onsite instruction - select locations only)

    Total Degree Credits: 36 or 37

    Time to Complete: 4 quarters or one year

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        John P. Gray, LLM, JD

        John Gray has taught at the college level for more than 20 years, and has spent 9 of these years teaching for Kaplan University. 

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        Jodi Gill, JD, MS

        Jodi Gill has more than 10 years of teaching experience, and has been an instructor at Kaplan University since 2008.

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  • * Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2009-2010, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees Conferred, Law and Legal Studies on the Internet at http://nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees granted by Kaplan University compared to other Title IV degree-granting institutions. 

    Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

    While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs. 

    § Each student is responsible for identifying and obtaining approval for an appropriate internship in his or her location. See the University Catalog for additional eligibility requirements. 

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