Paralegal Schools in Alaska
Several paralegal schools in Alaska offer students options for obtaining a degree in the paralegal/legal assistant field. This guide to paralegal schools in Alaska will help you find the school that offers the right options for your career goals. As an alternative to traditional programs with on-campus courses, some students who desire a more flexible class schedule may find that online programs are a better fit.
- There are 2 colleges and universities that offer paralegal/legal assistant degree programs in Alaska.1
- 2 schools offer 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
- 1 school offers a master’s or advanced degree for paralegals/legal assistants.1
- No schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2018.2
- No schools ranked in Paralegal411’s Top Online Paralegal Programs in 2018.3
- No schools ranked in College Factual’s Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Legal Professions in 2018.4
- No schools ranked in US News Best Law Schools in 2019.5
- 2 not-for-profit ABA-approved paralegal degree programs are in Alaska.6
Top-Ranked Schools with Paralegal Programs
Schools with Paralegal Programs Approved by the ABA
- University of Alaska Anchorage
- University of Alaska Fairbanks
Paralegal Degree Programs in Alaska
University of Alaska Anchorage
The Paralegal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is one of two American Bar Association (ABA)-approved paralegal training programs in the state of Alaska. The coursework covers legal ethics; evidence investigation and discovery; civil procedure; family law; and criminal law procedure. The capstone course includes a Legal Studies Internship course through the UAA Justice Center during which students are placed in a variety of legal environments and are encouraged to apply their coursework to real-world paralegal tasks. This program is excellent for students wishing to directly enter the workforce and especially for those who may have an interest in continuing a career in other areas of the law but would like to become engaged in the legal workforce quickly. The campus’ location within a populous area with numerous law firms increases the likelihood of employment following completion of the program and of finding internship and job-shadowing during the program.
University of Alaska Anchorage
The University of Alaska Anchorage also offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Legal Studies program for students interested in a broad foundation in law and policy. This degree program is designed for careers that require familiarity with legal processes or government regulation. The curriculum covers both technical skills and specialized knowledge through courses such as Development of Law, The Courts, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Trial and Advanced Litigation Processes. Students are encouraged to complete an undergraduate Certificate in Civic Engagement or add a minor in Justice or another discipline. In addition, legal studies students have the option to volunteer with Alaska legal aid agencies, providing the opportunities for real-world experience and graduating with pro bono service honors. Because this program has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), coursework must be completed at UAA and not other satellite campuses. Graduates from this program can continue their education in graduate law or public policy programs or find positions in federal and state agencies, court systems, private law offices, and corporate legal departments.
Online Paralegal Programs
University of Alaska Fairbanks
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies that prepares students to enter the legal workforce as qualified paralegals or legal assistants. Minimum requirements for completion include 61 credits comprised of courses such as paralegal ethics, practical paralegal skills, civil procedure, technology in the legal workforce, and legal writing and document drafting. The program can be completed entirely on campus or partially online in a hybrid format. Students can begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester; however, because of the set course sequence, students looking to include online options will need to see a program advisor. Flexibility within the curriculum allows students to select specific areas of law to focus on within the broad-based program. Though less populous than Anchorage, Fairbanks may have internship and job shadowing opportunities for motivated students. The AAS in Paralegal Studies degree program at UAF is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values in Public Colleges: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/index.php
3. Paralegal411’s Top Online Paralegal Programs: https://www.paralegal411.org/degrees/bachelors/online/
4. College Factual’s Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Legal Professions in 2018: https://www.collegefactual.com/majors/legal-studies-and-professions/rankings/top-ranked/
5. US News Best Law Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings
6. American Bar Association Approved Paralegal Programs: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/paralegals/