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Paralegal Schools in Alaska

Alaska offers students several options for obtaining a certificate or degree in the paralegal/legal assistant field. This guide to paralegal schools in Alaska will help you find the schools and programs that best match your career goals. Because Alaska has limited choices for traditional programs with on-campus courses, prospective paralegal students may wish to explore online programs around the country, which offer the flexibility to study legal subjects from home. To learn about employment opportunities for paralegals in the state, please take a look at our guide to paralegal careers in Alaska.

Quick Facts

  • There are 2 colleges and universities that offer paralegal/legal assistant degree programs in Alaska.1
  • 1 school offers a certificate program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 2 schools offer an associate’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • 1 school offers a bachelor’s degree program for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • No schools offer a master’s or advanced degree for paralegals/legal assistants.1
  • No schools ranked in Paralegal411’s Top Online Paralegal Programs.2
  • No schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Law Schools in 2022.3
  • No schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Legal Writing Programs in 2022.4
  • 2 ABA-approved paralegal degree programs are in Alaska.5

For not-for-profit colleges and universities with paralegal/legal assistant degree programs.

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Comparison of Paralegal Programs
Select Schools in Alaska with Paralegal Degrees

Comparison of Paralegal Programs

The table below will help you compare not-for-profit paralegal and legal studies programs in Alaska based on various factors. The table includes the paralegal programs offered, the graduation rate for first-time bachelor’s degree seekers, and the average net price of tuition for in-state students after financial aid awards. We have also included information on approval by the American Bar Association (ABA). While ABA approval is not required in order to work as a paralegal, it is a mark of program quality that is preferred by many employers.

SchoolABA Approved?Paralegal Degree(s)Acceptance Rate6Grad Rate1Online Options?Median Debt7Net Price1
University of Alaska-Anchorage (Anchorage)YesCertificate-Paralegal Studies;
AAS-Paralegal Studies;
BA-Legal Studies;
Minor-Legal Studies
83%30%$9,597$11,283
University of Alaska-Fairbanks (Fairbanks)YesAAS-Paralegal Studies;
Minor-Paralegal Studies
76%39%Yes$9,500$10,778

  • — indicates none.
  • N.Av. indicates no data available.

Select Schools in Alaska with Paralegal Degrees

Traditional Programs

University of Alaska Anchorage

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) offers two ABA-approved degree programs for students interested in careers as paralegals or legal assistants. Degree-seeking students can enroll in either the 120-credit Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Legal Studies or the 60-credit Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies. The AAS degree requires 42 credits of major coursework in subjects such as ethics, legal research, and writing. The BA curriculum covers similar material and includes 57 to 59 credits of major coursework. Students in both programs are required to take core classes such as Civil Procedure and Pretrial Practice; Trial and Advanced Litigation Processes; and Evidence, Investigation, and Discovery. A mandatory internship allows students to develop their professional skills in an active legal environment. In addition to classwork, UAA offers the opportunity to earn Pro Bono Service Honors by working with Alaskan legal aid agencies. Graduation from the AAS and the BA programs requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above and the completion of a Legal Studies Exit Exam. In addition to these degree options, UAA offers a Minor in Legal Studies and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies, both of which are ABA-approved.

Hybrid and Online Programs

University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College (UAF CTC) offers an ABA-approved Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies that will help prepare students to enter the legal workforce as qualified paralegals or legal assistants. The program can be completed entirely on campus or partially online in a hybrid format. The 60-credit sequential curriculum is comprised of courses such as Ethics for Paralegals; Practical Paralegal Skills; Legal Technology; and Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals. Applicants to the program must complete the course Writing Across Contexts with a grade of “C” or better. Students can begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester and they should consult with their advisors to ensure the curriculum is taken in sequence. Towards the end of the program, students will be required to complete a 150-hour paralegal internship in a law office or law-related position. Graduation requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 and a grade of “C-” or better in all required classes. UAF also offers a Minor in Paralegal Studies for students in other majors who are interested in developing their legal skills.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Paralegal411’s Top Online Paralegal Programs: https://www.paralegal411.org/degrees/bachelors/online/
3. US News & World Report Best Law Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Legal Writing Programs 2022: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/legal-writing-rankings
5. American Bar Association Approved Paralegal Programs: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/paralegals/
6. Niche: https://www.niche.com/
7. Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Ranking ROI of 4,500 US Colleges and Universities: https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/CollegeROI/