Students seeking a baccalaureate degree in another subject may obtain a minor in Legal Studies by completing each of the following courses.The Legal Studies Minor 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 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 Legal Studies Minor 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the broad-based knowledge and critical thinking, writing, oral communication, and quantitative skills acquired in their baccalaureate program, students who complete the Legal Studies Minor 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.

Program Information

2015-2016 Minor Advising Sheet

Transfer Credit Policy
2015-2016 Legal Studies (undergraduate) catalog 


Legal Studies Exit Exam

The Legal Studies Exit Exam is a graduation requirement for the Minor 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