Legal Studies Degree Programs

Why a Kaplan University Legal Studies Degree?

Kaplan University is one of the largest providers 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 College 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, legal support and services, 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 Legal Services and Support and Services

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 in legal support and services, consider our associate of applied science program. Courses are offered in popular areas such as legal research and writing, civil litigation, legal ethics, torts, and other legal disciplines. 

Students interested in pursuing or advancing in a variety of careers in the legal field, government, and the corporate world should consider our 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 support and services provides you with solid foundational knowledge to help you pursue a variety of careers in the legal field, government, and the corporate world.‡

Environmental Policy Degree

For students interested in environmental issues, our environmental policy and management degree is 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 Degree

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 a concentration in the areas of 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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Program availability varies by location and delivery method. Onsite course scheduling decisions are at the discretion of the campus and some courses are only available online.

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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.



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Military Students

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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Single Courses

Our flexible options include offering certain courses to nondegree-seeking participants. Upon successful completion of a course, the participant may transfer the credits earned toward a degree at Kaplan University if the course is part of the Kaplan University degree program.

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*Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2014-2015 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Legal Professions and Studies, on the Internet at 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.

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.