Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies

The American Bar Association defines a paralegal as a person "who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible." The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies is designed for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree and wish to continue their education. It provides students with the technical skills and specialized knowledge to work under the supervision of lawyers in federal and state agencies or court systems, in a variety of legal service settings, in private law offices or corporate legal departments, and in a multitude of other public and private organizations where familiarity with government regulation and legal processes is required. The program is approved by the American Bar Association.  The majority of the graduates are employed within two years of graduation in positions where they perform substantive legal work under the supervision of a licensed attorney (e.g., paralegals, clerks of court, or law office assistants).

Note: Students obtaining a certificate are not authorized to provide direct legal services to the public. The program offers training for paraprofessionals who are authorized to perform substantive legal work under the supervision of a licensed attorney. The program does not train lawyers.

Students who complete this program will:

1. Produce superior university-level written documents and oral reports.
2. Identify and accurately apply the rules of professional ethics governing lawyers and nonlawyer staff, and the rules governing the unauthorized practice of law in Alaska.
3. Interpret and accurately apply legal terminology and foundational principles of substantive and procedural law.
4. Develop and execute legal research plans using law library resources and commonly used legal research databases.
5. Synthesize primary and secondary legal authorities and draft memoranda of legal analysis.
6. Prepare legal investigation/discovery plans and draft legal pleadings that conform to the rules of civil procedure and incorporate standard techniques and resources for managing a case in litigation.
7. Relate legal rules and doctrines to client problems in the performance of entry-level paralegal duties in a private law firm, public legal service agency, or law department.

Program Information

PB Cert in Paralegal Studies Advising Materials 2017-18

Transfer Credit Policy

PB Cert in Paralegal Studies Catalog 2017-18

Legal Studies Exit Exam

The Legal Studies Exit Exam is a graduation requirement for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies program. Legal Studies majors or minors who apply for graduation are eligible to take the exit exam. For more information, please contact the Justice Center at 907-786-1810 or refer to the Exit Exam Instructions for information regarding eligibility, and registration details.

Financial Disclosures

The following is important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend this program.

University of Alaska Anchorage

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Program Length: 1 year

Students graduating on time

N/A* of Title IV students complete the program within 1 year

*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

Program Costs*

$5,797 for in-state tuition and fees
$18,109 for out-of-state tuition and fees
$2,266 for books and supplies
$11,728 for off-campus room and board
$11,962 for on-campus room and board

Other Costs
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*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion.
Note that this information is subject to change.

Students Borrowing Money

N/A* of students who attend this program borrow money to pay for it

*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The typical graduate leaves with

N/A* in debt

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The typical monthly loan payment

N/A* per month in student loans with N/A* interest rate.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The typical graduate earns

not provided per year after leaving this program

Graduates who got jobs

80% of program graduates got jobs according to the  accreditor job placement rate

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  • Title Examiners, Abstractors and Searcher
  • Legal Support Workers, All Other

For more information about these fields of employment, see UAA's Gainful Employment Disclosure information.

Licensure Requirement

*Program has no licensure requirements in any state.

Additional Information
Date Created: 9/1/2017

These disclosures are required by the U.S. Department of Education

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