Associate of Applied Science Degree in Legal Support and Services

Associates degree in legal support servicesLegal roles are no longer limited to law firms. Legal services and support staff may be hired not only by law firms but also by corporations, insurance firms, consulting firms, and health care institutions.*

If you are seeking to advance into a career in legal support and services, an associate of applied science at Kaplan University could be a strategic professional move. Our online associate's degree program is designed to focus on:

  • Foundational knowledge of the law, including foundational legal administrative skills
  • Practical and technical skills and competencies relevant to many legal support positions
  • Professional competencies that prepare you to assist during legal proceedings or investigations,  preparing documents, managing technology, and researching legal issues

You'll be taught by professors who are legal practitioners themselves, offering real-world expertise in legal services, law, and policy. And you can enjoy collaborating with your professors and classmates via live seminars, discussion boards, and one-on-one instructor interaction.

Graduates with an associate's degree in legal support and services can pursue career paths that include:

  • Contract driven industries such as real estate and licensing
  • Corporate legal departments
  • The court and judicial system
  • Legal firms

Furthermore, earning your Associate of Applied Science in Legal Support and Services at Kaplan University can serve as a stepping-stone towards earning your legal studies bachelor's degree, which could help further advance your opportunities within the profession.

Associate of Applied Science in Legal Support and Services Program Highlights

Kaplan University's Legal Studies Department consists of a community of legal professionals—including faculty who teach our programs—and school leadership and advisory-board members consisting of public and private legal practitioners within corporations and law firms, academics in the legal field, and professionals in legal recruiting.

We strive to ensure that our program and curriculum meet academic quality and provide graduates with skills that can give them an edge in their career.

Core curriculum is designed to equip you with fundamental knowledge of the law. Courses focus on areas such as:

  • Legal research and writing
  • Civil litigation
  • Legal ethics
  • Torts
  • Other legal disciplines

The online legal support and services degree can help prepare you to perform these and other key duties:

  • Analyze data necessary to assist clients
  • Identify and gather information
  • Communicate with diverse stakeholders    
  • Draft and organize information for litigation
  • Prepare documents used in legal proceedings
  • Prepare materials for submission to regulatory agencies

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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.

What are the Career Opportunities?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for legal support and services role is expected to rise.* Earning your Associate of Applied Science in Legal Support and Services at Kaplan University includes comprehensive study in areas such as legal research and writing, civil litigation, legal ethics, torts, and various legal disciplines.

Possible work settings may include:

  • Corporate legal departments
  • Insurance companies
  • Consulting firms
  • Health care institutions, real estate and title companies, banks, government agencies, private law firms, and more

Some career titles in the legal support and services field include:

  • Law clerk
  • Legal analyst, assistant, clerk or secretary
  • Real estate legal assistant or title examiner
  • Abstractors and searcher
  • Legal investigator
  • Court clerk

Our students have access to a number of opportunities to build their network with fellow students and employers as well as insight to relevant knowledge and skill sets in the field. 

  • Kaplan University has helped over 6,500 legal studies graduates achieve their educational goals since 2001. This means that when you earn your degree from Kaplan University, you join one of the most active and diverse alumni communities in the legal field.   
  • Enjoy collaborating with your professors and classmates via live seminars, discussion boards, and one-on-one instructor interaction. This includes weekly synchronous seminars provide robust engagement between faculty and students. Our guest-speaker series has included:
    • State supreme court justice, state congressional representative, media legal contributor  
    • International Law Consortium has included panelists from the US, Malaysia, and South Africa
  • Kaplan University Law Society allows those who are currently in the legal field, or those wishing to enter the field, opportunities to network and discuss pertinent issues and trends
  • Employer spotlight fairs feature Q&A webcast sessions with students concerning positions at their companies. Participants have included Allied Barton and G4S Security. 
  • Center for Public Service—an active online community designed to connect and inform those interested in the public service professions. The Center provides:
    • Faculty articles based offering career guidance based on real-life experiences.
    • Information such as spotlights on employers and alumni with updates on their successes.
    • Yearly recognition of criminal justice faculty and students serving in the profession.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 25

    Total Program Credits: 90

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 206: INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any College Composition I course

    • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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    • MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

  • Major

    Total Major Credits: 50

    Total Program Credits: 90

    • PA 110: CIVIL LITIGATION Change

      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 motions.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      LS 100

      Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.
    • PA 165: INTRODUCTION TO TORTS Change

      This course is an introduction to the broad area of civil wrongs and their appropriate remedies as well as tort law principles in the traditional areas of intentional torts, negligence, absolute liability, product liability, nuisance, and commonly employed defenses.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      LS 100

      Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.
    • LS 185: INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      LS 100

      Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.
    • LS 204: LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CM 220

      Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.
    • PA 250: FAMILY LAW Change

      This course presents major issues in family law such as the nature of marriage, antenuptial contracts, annulments, separation, divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, tort action, adoption, property distribution, and current trends.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      LS 100

      Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.
    • PA 253: LEGAL ETHICS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      LS 100

      Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.
    • PA 260: CRIMINAL LAW Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      LS 100

      Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.
    • LS 298: ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN LEGAL SUPPORT AND SERVICES CAPSTONE Change

      This course is designed as the culminating experience of the Associate of Applied 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 knowledge, technical skills, and competencies as students work through fact-based scenarios and assess issues affecting practical legal matters.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Final term or Dean approval

      Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

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    • LS 100: INTRODUCTION TO THE LAW AND LEGAL PROFESSION Change

      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.
       

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.
    • CS 121: PATHWAYS TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS Change

      Designed to facilitate personal and professional success, this course introduces students to the purposes and processes of university education. An emphasis is placed on study, communication, and thinking skills that support academic achievement. Students also examine the relationship between learning and motivation. (Onsite only)

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.
    • IT 133: MICROSOFT OFFICE APPLICATIONS ON DEMAND Change

      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.

      Dynamic Description:

      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

      What's Next?

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.
    • PA 230: INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL TECHNOLOGY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      LS 100

      Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.
    • LS 298: ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN LEGAL SUPPORT AND SERVICES CAPSTONE Change

      This course is designed as the culminating experience of the Associate of Applied 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 knowledge, technical skills, and competencies as students work through fact-based scenarios and assess issues affecting practical legal matters.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Final term or Dean approval

      Online students will take LS 100: Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession and PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.
  • Electives

    Total Electives Credits: 15

    Total Program Credits: 90

Curriculum: Concentration

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*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 cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Paralegals are not lawyers and cannot practice law or give legal advice to consumers.

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.