Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Program Details

The online Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies program allows current paralegals to update their skills and trains students for employment as paralegals in private law offices; within local, state, and federal agencies; and within legal departments of large corporations.  Students will learn to help deliver legal services under the supervision of practicing lawyers, including performing legal research and drafting letters, office memoranda, pleadings, contracts, wills, and similar documents; conducting interviews; investigating; and assisting in trial preparation and discovery.  You will learn abut the ethical responsibilities owed by supervising lawyers to clients, other lawyers, and the court systems and remain aware of these responsibilities at all times.  Students choose five areas to focus on from such areas as:

  • Torts
  • Criminal Law for Paralegals
  • Contracts/Real Property
  • Family Law
  • Employment and Administrative Law for Paralegals
  • Probate Law
  • Business Organizations


  • Most applicants are not required to submit high school or college transcripts, but all are strongly encouraged to do so
  • Applicants with fewer than 30 semester credit hours must submit the results of the ACT Plus Writing, SAT or ACCUPLACER test taken within the last two years for English and composition placement
  • ALEKS test scores taken within the last year for placement into math, DEVM or any course that requires a math prerequisite

School Accreditation Statement

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities