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A bachelor’s degree could help make you a competitive candidate.
Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services degree program provides a
solid foundation in legal theory and practice, offering you a broad-based
knowledge of the law as well as practical areas of study required by many
professions both inside and outside the legal field. The program could also
prepare you for or enhance your skills within the paralegal field.
curriculum is regularly evaluated and updated so your courses are based on
current knowledge, research, and case studies in the field. You'll learn from
professors who are legal practitioners with real-world experience in legal
services, law, and policy. And you’ll have regular opportunities to collaborate
with faculty members and classmates via live seminars, discussions boards, and
one-on-one instructor interactions.
The legal support and services bachelor’s degree is not just for those seeking to
work in a law firm. Corporations, insurance firms, consulting firms, and health
care institutions often hire legal support and services staff.
of the program also have the option of selecting the paralegal studies concentration,
which includes courses in litigation, criminal law, and administrative law.
wish to consider this program if you are interested in starting or enhancing your
career in the legal support and services or paralegal field, or changing your
current career status.* Individuals with an associate's degree who
wish to advance into a position requiring a higher level of legal knowledge
should also consider this program.
As one of
the largest providers of online legal studies programs in the United States†,
Kaplan University has helped over 6,500 legal
studies graduates achieve their educational goals since 2001. So when you earn
your degree from Kaplan University, you join one of the most active and diverse
alumni communities in the legal field.
At this time, residents of the following states may not enroll
in the online Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services program: Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Missouri.
This Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and
Services program offers a practical curriculum and specialized elective options
that allow you to customize your education, including a concentration in
Courses offer a well-rounded academic
foundation that emphasizes analytical thinking, reading comprehension, and
communication skills while helping students develop the practical skills
relevant to today’s job market.
It is designed to teach you:
Exhibit professionalism while assisting during legal proceedings or
investigations, preparing documents, managing technology, and researching
The paralegal studies concentration offered within the Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services includes courses in litigation, criminal law, and administrative law.‡
segments of the legal field are projected to expand as businesses create
in-house legal departments and litigation continues to rise. Opportunities for
legal assistants within law firms are also projected to expand as firms try to
increase the efficiency of legal services and lower their expenses.§ However,
while opportunities are expected to rise, the legal field remains a competitive
Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services program is designed to help
prepare you for a career in the legal, business, government, health care,
banking, real estate, or the service industry. Positions you could pursue with
this degree include:
Search real estate records, examine
titles, or summarize pertinent legal or insurance documents or details for a
variety of purposes. Compile lists of mortgages, contracts, and other
instruments pertaining to titles by searching public and private records for
law firms, real estate agencies, or title insurance companies.
Perform secretarial duties using legal
terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and
correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also
assist with legal research. Sample job titles: Judicial Administrative
Assistant, Legal Administrative Secretary, Litigation Assistant, and Magistrate
or Legal Assistant
Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing
legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a
legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action. Sample
job titles: Immigration Paralegal, Legal Analyst, Legal Assistant, Paralegal,
Paralegal Specialist, Real Estate Paralegal, Contracts Paralegal, and
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Work toward any of the following Kaplan University master's degrees while you earn your bachelor's degree: Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Environmental Policy, Master of Science in Legal Studies, Master of Science in Human Services, or Master of Science in Psychology.
We'll help assess your prior learning and experience to see what qualifies for college credit―credit that could save you time and money, and help you earn your degree sooner.§
Our online degree programs are designed to provide you with the flexibility to attend college while you work. Together we'll develop a study schedule that allows you to balance work, family, and your education.
You'll learn from faculty who are experienced in their respective fields. They bring a wealth of real-world experience to the courses they teach, so you learn the relevant skills and knowledge you need to excel in your chosen field.
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Dec 07, 2016
Online and Campus Start Date
Jan 04, 2017
Online Start Date
Feb 01, 2017
Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts
pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore
career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to
pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional
communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship
management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability,
and using proper technologies to manage professional identities.
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
Any college composition course
This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give studentsa chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives.
Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.
As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
This course examines the foundation, organization, and structure of the American legal system with an emphasis on the careers available in the legal profession through an exploration of the roles and responsibilities in the legal field. Students will learn the professional and ethical practices needed to succeed as a legal support professional or as a legal specialist.
Total Program Credits: 180
Online students will take PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.
This course introduces students to the
principles of interpersonal communication and emphasizes how to
be a more effective communicator in professional and personal
situations. Emphasis is on interpersonal communication in varying
contexts, focusing on professional communication as well as
personal, social, and cultural dimensions. Topics include the
communication process, the influence of perception on
communication, verbal and nonverbal elements of interaction,
listening, the communication of emotions, conflict management,
and effective communication strategies.
Any College Composition I course
It is important for members of the legal support team to have a strong foundation in the fundamental rules, court cases, concepts, and trends of key subjects in American law. This course provides an American legal background covering civil and common law traditions, the legal profession, constitutional law, and a survey of specific areas of law. Upon successful completion of this course you will have a solid understanding of the American legal system.
Two of the most basic tasks performed by a legal support team member are legal research and written analysis—finding the law, analyzing the component parts of written opinions, and applying the reasoning of relevant legal authorities to a factual situation. Upon successful completion of this course you will have gained specialized skills in the area of legal research and the ability to analyze and synthesize legal authority. Additionally, you will be able to draft correspondence and memoranda commonly used in the practice of law.
This course focuses on researching legal issues and drafting legal documents using the results of student research. Emphasis will be placed on briefing and analyzing court opinions and other legal sources, applying the legal rationale to a given factual situation, and drafting documents commonly used in legal practice. This course also teaches you how to present the results of research in a professional manner.
Legal assistants and paralegals must always consider the duties owed to clients by both the lawyer and the paralegal. In this course, you will learn to evaluate ethical dilemmas you may encounter as a legal professional and appropriately apply the rules of professional responsibility to these situations. This course discusses the duties and responsibilities regarding the ethical conduct of the paralegal in the legal workforce, codes of ethics, unauthorized practice of law, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and more.
The student completing this course will learn about the law as a generic entity with pervasive influence in all aspects of social interaction, formation, and change. Theories of design, enforcement, and remediation under the American system and interacting with different global systems will provide the student the opportunity to gain appreciation of the value, reach, and utility of a well-defined legal system.
PA 201 or any legal research course
This course introduces the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system as it applies to business in the contemporary global economy. Areas covered include the legal environment of business, torts and crimes, contracts, employment relations, and business organizations. The course will also look at the relationship between business and law in the context of current events that impact our communities.
This course explores the legal principles and ethical theories that relate to business situations. The course examines the ethics of a business decision as it relates to stakeholders. Topics include the foundations of moral development and ethical decision making, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, stakeholder management, and the legal principles that apply to ethics in business.
This course provides the student with an opportunity to look at a number of historically significant philosophical and legal thinkers and theories. The student will analyze and compare them to the American theoretical and philosophical system. Critical thinking skills and communication competence are built through the individual and collaborative discussion and analysis process. Upon completion of the final project, the student will be able to identify the most historically significant legal philosophers and assess American legal philosophy in historical context. Further, philosophical thinking that contributed directly to the design of our system will be understood in current legal context.
This course introduces alternative methods to litigation for resolving disputes including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Topics covered include: the nature and sources of conflict, the mediator’s role in resolving disputes, and other adjudicative and nonadjudicative processes. Related policy, ethical, and practice issues are also covered. In addition, the course addresses both the law and the practices of domestic and international commercial arbitration, which includes: a) federal and state statutes favoring arbitration, international treaties, and judicial review of arbitration awards; b) choosing the arbitrators; c) drafting arbitration clauses; and d) the lawyer’s conduct in an arbitration and how the skills used differ from those used in litigation.
This course is designed as the culminating experience of the Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services. This course comprises a series of assignments that integrate the core concepts from the judicial studies and practice program outcomes and curriculum. The assignments are designed to test application and critical thinking skills as students work through fact-based scenarios and analyze issues affecting practical legal matters.
Last term or Dean approval
Technology is pervasive and the modern law office is chock-full of technological appliances, tools, and applications that the paralegal must be able to master. At the core of most software applications are the basics—word processors, spreadsheets, databases, and tools for presentations. Of course, the ubiquitous communication tool, email, is the center of modern electronic communications. This course will explore the most common tools and applications found in law firms and those that every “technology-literate” paralegal must know. Word processing, document assembly programs, and tools for case management, time and billing, calendaring, electronic communications, and creating presentations are a few of the topics explored in this course. Students will leave this course with a solid foundation of the basics in legal technology.
This course teaches students to use the current Microsoft Office suite of applications. Topics include an introduction to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and cloud-based file management systems. Students will also learn how to analyze appropriate software applications to address solutions within a profession.
Throughout your educational and professional career, you may often need to use such applications as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. IT 133: Software Applications, will provide you with those desired skills and the ability to meet the demands of future classes and requirements in today's workplace. You will acquire some powerful take away skills in this class that can be used to further enhance your Microsoft Office application skills.
Sample Projects: www.screencast.com/t/H6Ha18Ml
After successfully completing IT 133, you may want to learn more about Excel. If that is the case then consider taking IT 153: Spreadsheet Applications. This course will help you to gain a deeper understanding of the power of Excel. The skills you will acquire in IT 133 are relevant to what businesses are currently looking for in perspective employees and could help prepare you for your upcoming job searches.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course introduces students to civil
litigation, the civil law process, rights, and procedures. Topics
include informal fact gathering and investigation, case
management and strategy, jurisdiction, the structure of the court
systems in the United States, parties, pleadings, and
Total Program Credits: 180
In this course, students learn about criminal
law. They learn about the elements and types of crimes, including
homicide, crimes against the person, crimes against habitation
and occupancy, crimes against property, sexual offenses, and
crimes involving more than one defendant. They also cover
criminal capacity and defenses to crimes. Finally, students are
introduced to criminal procedures followed in the United States
and the concept of probable cause.
This course provides a basic overview of
administrative law and procedure. In addition to identifying
sources of administrative law and procedure, this course covers
agency actions, controls on agency actions, administrative
hearings, and appellate procedures for administrative
Legal professionals are often called upon to
handle office management functions. Effective law office managers
save their offices time and money and become valuable members of
the legal team. The management skills covered in this course can
be applied to any office. This course guides students in creating
a procedures manual that can be used at the office and as a
portfolio of their work.
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
Cost Per Credit
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With the exception of background check fees, tuition and fees are included in the calculation of the overall Tuition Cap program cost and will no longer be charged once the student has reached the maximum cost of attendance as long as you meet and maintain all enrollment requirements for the Kaplan University Tuition Cap program. For more information, click here.
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* Graduates are not authorized to practice law and will not be eligible to sit for any state’s bar examination.
† Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2014-2015 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Legal Professions and Studies, on the Internet at nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees and certificates granted by Kaplan University compared to other U.S.-based Title IV degree-granting institutions, primarily baccalaureate or above.
‡ Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Paralegals are not lawyers and cannot practice law or give legal advice to consumers.
§ Source: U.S.
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook,
2016-17 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet
www.bls.gov/ooh/Legal/Paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
# Kaplan University does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for our Transfer of Credit and Prior Learning Assessment policies.
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