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Legal Studies B.A.

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    Legal Studies B.A.

    Earn a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage to build an impactful and meaningful career in the legal field. UAA’s ABA-approved legal studies program prepares you for professions in public and private industries, as well as law school and other graduate programs in public service and business.

Explore the legal studies bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

UAA’s Bachelor of Arts in legal studies degree program trains you with a broad, specialized education in American law, legal processes and policy. UAA lays the foundation for a career in the legal field and provides technical job skills in legal research, analysis and writing.

A starting point for law school

Explore topics in legal theory and practice that give you a preview of law school and help you decide if it’s the right fit for you. For high-achieving students, an accelerated law school admission option allows you to begin law school after your junior year of undergraduate study.

Legal studies scholarships and financial aid
You may qualify for Justice Center UAA Administration Scholarships, as well as university-funded scholarships.Visit the UAA Office of Financial Aid for more information.

ABA-approved legal studies degree program
Earn a bachelor’s degree from a program approved by the American Bar Association, which is widely recognized by U.S. lawyers as the standard for legal education. With a degree from an ABA-approved program, you qualify to sit for several national certification or registration exams.  ABA approval also means UAA’s B.A. in legal studies is closely monitored for faculty qualifications, student placement, library resources and program assessment. The undergraduate program curriculum is kept up to date, responding to the needs of the legal community. 

Online classes and distance learning in legal studies
Take several elective and core courses online. UAA’s legal studies program has been expanding its course delivery options to offer a blend of online classes and in-class simulation activities. A capstone course, Tribal Courts and Alaska Native Rights, is offered in the traditional classroom as well as through phone-based distance learning. 

Legal studies transfer credits
Fulfill legal specialty, non-legal specialty and general education course requirements with transfer credits. You may be able to earn credit for qualified coursework completed through ABA-approved legal studies programs at other U.S. institutions. For details, meet with an advisor and refer to the UAA course catalog.

Pre-major and full major legal studies advising
Program faculty mentors, internship coordinators and pre-law advisors are all here to provide guidance as you earn your degree. Dedicated advisors are also available for incoming students. Get answers to questions related to degree program requirements, course prerequisites, class scheduling, academic planning, curriculum changes, degree status, career options and more. 

Pro bono service honors
The University of Alaska Anchorage’s Justice Center encourages legal studies majors to work toward improving access to justice. In additional to academic honors, you can contribute at least 120 volunteer hours of service to an approved legal aid agency in Alaska and earn honors for pro bono service.

Legal studies student clubs and activities
Become active in the local community while participating in public service activities you’re interested in. UAA has 100 student clubs on campus, including:

Legal Studies B.A.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Other program options: A.A.S. in paralegal studies, minor in legal studies, undergraduate certificate in legal nurse consultant-paralegal, post-baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies

Did you know..

Thebestschools.org ranks UAA’s Justice Center #11 in the nation for best bachelor’s in legal studies degree programs.

What can you do with a legal studies degree from UAA?

The University of Alaska Anchorage’s ABA-approved Bachelor of Arts in legal studies prepares you for paraprofessional legal jobs or graduate studies in law, business and the humanities.

Legal studies-related graduate programs

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.),
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Library and Information Science

Legal studies degree jobs
Build your career with paraprofessional positions in corporate legal departments, state and federal agencies and court systems, legal and public service agencies and private practice law offices. These are examples of jobs you could qualify for:

  • Paralegal, legal assistant
  • Legal analyst, legal researcher
  • Risk management officer, compliance officer
  • Court clerk, court administrator
  • Regulations coordinator, regulations specialist
  • Victim advocate, witness coordinator
  • Legal database administrator

 

By the numbers..

$80k
The median annual wage for legal occupations.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

Legal studies bachelor’s degree program highlights

Build a career in the legal field, lay the foundation for future studies in law and participate in informed civic activities. The University of Alaska Anchorage offers a variety of resources to help you earn your degree and plan for the future.

  • Complete a semester-long internship for credit. Study, observe and participate in the daily operations of legal organizations, including top local law offices, governmental agencies such as the Federal Public Defender or Alaska Court System, and nonprofits such as the Alaska Innocence Project and the ACLU. As an intern, you can work with law professionals to gain direct experience with legal culture and job responsibilities. Internships also help you develop a professional network that may lead to job offers, advance your career and improve the effectiveness of your work.
  • Learn from expert faculty who are experienced attorneys with years of practice. All program faculty hold Juris Doctor law degrees. With diverse educational backgrounds, expertise and experience, they provide exceptional opportunities for instruction and advising in a variety of legal areas, including criminal law, civil liberties, tribal courts and health law.
  • Make yourself at home in the UAA Justice Center. The Justice Center is the hub for legal studies and justice academic programs and research at UAA, addressing issues in crime, law and justice such as corrections, policing and substance abuse. You will have access to the Justice Center’s student computer lab and academic advisors, and you may be able to conduct independent research projects with faculty guidance.

Amazing stories from legal studies majors

For me, going back to school almost seemed impossible. One thing that really stood out to me was how knowledgeable and supportive the professors were in helping me finally get my B.A. There is an incredible staff in the UAA Justice Center, and any time I needed help (or even a laugh) they were there for me. I’m very thankful for the professors in the Justice Center, because I wouldn’t be here without them.

B. Steward
B.A. Legal Studies ’17 In-Court Clerk, Alaska Court System
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Visit the UAA Consortium Library to access legal cases, statutes, law journals, and the Alaska Legal Digest through Westlaw Campus Research. A library liaison provides research guides and meets with students to hone research skills.  

UAA Consortium Library
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In partnerships with the University of Washington School of Law and Willamette University College of Law, UAA offers opportunities for qualified students to earn both an undergraduate and a law degree in six years, rather than seven.

Accelerated law school admissions
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Already earned your A.A.S. in paralegal studies? Earn your B.A. in legal studies in just two more years to advance your career or prepare for law school. All classes in the paralegal studies A.A.S. count toward the B.A. in legal studies.

Paralegal studies pathway

Legal studies bachelor’s degree program curriculum

Expand your legal knowledge while developing practical job skills. UAA’s ABA-approved Bachelor of Arts in legal studies degree combines general education, legal specialty courses and non-legal specialty courses in substantive law for a broad education in U.S. law, legal processes and public policy.

The undergraduate degree program’s rigorous coursework teaches a variety of skills, from written communication and online legal research to critical thinking, public speaking and familiarity with rules of court.

Top classes for legal studies majors

  • Participate in simulated trial, oral argument and negotiation in Trial and Advanced Litigation Processes.
  • Examine constitutional law in the United States with emphases on the First Amendment, discrimination, the right to privacy and criminal justice in Civil Liberties.
  • Learn about Alaska’s marriage, divorce, child custody and child protection laws and the Indian Child Welfare Act in Family Law.
  • Depose a witness in a personal injury case as you are recorded by a court reporter-videographer in Torts, Workers’ Compensation and Insurance Law.