The UAA Justice Center, established by the Alaska Legislature in 1975, has a mandate to provide statewide justice-related education, research and service. The Justice Center is an interdisciplinary unit that provides undergraduate, graduate and professional education; conducts research in the areas of crime, law and justice; and provides service to government units, justice agencies and community organizations throughout urban and rural Alaska to promote a safe, healthy and just society.
The Justice Center offers a variety of programs that prepare students for work in law-related or public service fields. The core of each program is a foundational sequence of courses combining theoretical knowledge of the law with skills-based training in American legal practice.
Legal Studies Goals
Students in all programs will acquire:
- Broad-based knowledge achieved through general college education.
- Exceptionally strong competency in critical thinking and in written and oral communication skills.
- Clear understanding of the rules of ethics governing American judges, lawyers, and paralegals.
- Comprehensive legal vocabulary and understanding of judicial processes.
- Operational knowledge of legal investigatory and discovery techniques.
- Command of skills required for legal research, critical analysis, and technical drafting.
- Knowledge of theories of law, historical influences on the development of law, and fundamental principles of substantive law.
- Appreciation for the role of law in the allocation of public resources and regulation of social and economic relationships.
To accomplish these goals, the following program options are offered: Undergraduate Certificate, Legal Nurse Consultant Paralegal; Associate of Applied Science, Paralegal Studies; Bachelor of Arts, Legal Studies; Minor, Legal Studies; and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Paralegal Studies. Students may also work toward pro bono service honors.
Programs of Study
Associate of Applied Science
Bachelor of Arts
Allan Barnes, Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Brandeis, Associate Professor, email@example.com
Sharon Chamard, Associate Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald Everett, Associate Professor, email@example.com
Ryan Fortson, Assistant Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin Knudsen, Legal Studies Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor, email@example.com
Bradley Myrstol, Director/Associate Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Troy Payne, Justice Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor, email@example.com
Deborah Periman, Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org