Professional Legal Studies Associate Degree



The online Associate degree in Professional Legal Studies program at National American University prepares you for an entry-level position in a business environment where knowledge of the law is beneficial and will help you develop critical thinking skills, and clear, effective, and logical communication skills for today’s business world. The program focuses on legal principles applicable to business, with elective courses in entrepreneurship, management, human resources management, and supply chain management.

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Online Professional Legal Studies Associate Degree Overview

National American University’s online Professional Legal Studies Associate of Applied Science degree program will help you to develop a fundamental understanding of legal principles and practical skills to prepare you for career advancement. Credits earned in this program may be applied toward NAU’s online Professional Legal Studies Bachelor of Science degree.

  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of substantive and procedural law
  • Analyze issues using legal research methodology
  • Communicate effectively through speaking and writing
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills
  • Apply legal theories to relevant facts

Online Professional Studies Bachelor’s Degree Classes and Curriculum

The Professional Legal Studies Associate of Applied Science program consists of major core, open electives, and general education courses that total 90.5 quarter credits.

 Major Core

38 credits

Open Electives

13.5 credits

General Education Core

39 credits

Online Associate Degree in Professional Legal Studies Program Options

The online Professional Legal Studies Associate of Applied Science program offers open elective courses that provide options so you can choose your interests and career path.

  • Human Resources Management
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Management
  • Supply Chain Management


Online Professional Legal Studies Associate Degree Tuition and Fees

Learn more about our undergraduate tuition schedule.

Online Professional Legal Studies Associate Degree Career Opportunities

The Professional Legal Studies Associate degree program prepares you for employment in a variety of entry-level business professional roles in fields such as human resource management, management or supply chain management, and entrepreneurship. Graduates can also chart careers in other professions that require a specialized understanding of the law or require excellent analytical and communication skills.

Who Is a Good Candidate for the Professional Legal Studies Associate Degree?

  • Entry-level job seekers: The Professional Legal Studies degree is a great first step if you want to start a new career in a business professional field. You will develop the knowledge and skills you need for entry-level employment.
  • Administrative assistants: You are a great fit for this program if you already work in an administrative support position and want to advance your career.

Please note: Only licensed attorneys may practice law. A person who earns this degree may not engage in activities considered to be the practice of law, including giving legal advice, representing a client in court, or setting legal fees.

Course Listing (90.5 Credits)

PL/SO1100 – Introduction to Legal Principles
PL1150 – Legal Research I
PL2050 – Torts
PL2150 – Civil Procedure
PL2800 – Topics in Paralegal Studies
PL3500 – Introduction to Contracts
LA3100 – Business Law I
PL – Electives


EN1150 – Composition I
EN1300 – Composition II

EN2100 – Speech OR
EN2150 – Interpersonal Professional Communication


SC – Science Elective


MA2000 – Quantitative Reasoning

Humanities/Behavioral/Social Science

HU2000 – Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

General Education

CS1202 – Strategies for Professionals OR
CS1204 – Advanced Strategies for Professionals

CS1302 – Consumer Mathematics
CS2080 – Career Management


Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.