The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies provides students with a broad educational background in American law and policy that prepares them well for a lifetime of informed civic participation. Students will also acquire the technical skills and specialized knowledge that will enable them to build a career working 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 also lays the academic foundation for students who later wish to advance to graduate programs in law or public policy. The program is approved by the American Bar Association.

Note: Students obtaining a degree 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. Assess and critique theories of law and the impact of American law, both historically and currently, on social and economic relationships, access to public resources, and individual liberties.
8. Construct from disparate fields of substantive law a unified theory of law as a mechanism for ordering social and economic relationships.

Program Information

2015-2016 Advising Sheet 

Recommended Course Sequence 
Steps to Success
Transfer Credit Policy  
2015-2016 Legal Studies (undergraduate) catalog
2015-2016 Legal Studies course descriptions


Legal Studies Exit Exam

The Legal Studies Exit Exam is a graduation requirement for the Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies. Students must complete the required exit exam in the same semester that they plan to graduate. Students who fail to complete the exit exam for their degree and/or certificate will not receive a diploma until this requirement has been met; it is not optional. Students will be allowed at least 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the required exam. All exams will be timed and graded. There is no minimum score required for graduation.

Exit Exam Instructions