The Justice Center has completed its 25th year as a research, academic and public education institution. The Alaska legislature established the Center in 1975 within the University of Alaska Anchorage with a mission to conduct research into the justice field and provide higher education in justice studies. The first graduates of its baccalaureate program received their degrees in 1978. In 1986 the Center was expanded to incorporate the state Statistical Analysis Unit-a federally funded effort to broaden statistical research into justice concerns at the state level. The paralegal certification program of the Center received the approval of the American Bar Association in 1992.
The work of the Center has included research reports, books, studies for public agencies, media programs, educational videos, and conferences, ranging across the spectrum of justice issues manifested in Alaska. There have been over 500 graduates of the Center's academic programs.