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Paralegal Certificate Program - University of Alaska - Anchorage

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Paralegal Program Information

University of Alaska - Anchorage
Paralegal Certificate Program
Justice Center
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, Alaska

Telephone: 907.786.1822
Fax: 907.786.7777

Associate in Applied Science


The University of Alaska-Anchorage was established in 1954 and is the largest university in the state of Alaska. It offers a number of baccalaureate and masters degrees, certificate courses, associate degree programs and non-credited training and development programs. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

The University of Alaska-Anchorage offers an American Bar Association approved certificate course in paralegal studies, whose classes are held at the University of Alaska-Anchorage Justice Center. The Justice Center was established in 1975 and currently researches concerns relating to justice and crime in Alaska. The paralegal studies program at the University of Alaska-Anchorage can be pursued as an independent certificate course as a supplement to the Justice bachelor's degree.

Students looking to pursue a career as a paralegal or legal assistant will gain training in a wide number of subjects, ranging from office management and research to the fundamentals of the legal system. Organizational skills and proficiency in management and research are key to being an efficient paralegal or legal assistant. Students will learn about basic legal analysis, criminal law, property law, federal and state court systems, legal vocabulary and judicial decision making. Courses will also cover torts, contracts and aspects of family law.

Other aspects that are covered in the paralegal course are responsibilities and ethics of paralegal activities, statute and regulation formats, litigation, interviewing skills, investigational procedures, recording and preserving evidence, case preparation, civil procedure and legal research. Paralegal studies will also cover criminal law and procedure, commercial law, litigation, government regulations and legal analysis.


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