Approved by the American Bar Association
Program Description

The paralegal studies program trains students for employment, helping to deliver legal services under the supervision of a practicing lawyer.

Currently employed paralegals seeking to update their skills will also find this program valuable.

This online degree program is approved by the American Bar Association, which requires that at least nine credits have synchronous class meetings. These courses will use online video conferencing at times convenient to the class.

It is intended to be a two-year program. Fees below are based on full-time status.

Courses (60 Credits)

Major Requirements

  • Introduction to Paralegal Studies
  • Introduction to Paralegal Ethics
  • Civil Procedure
  • Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals
  • Introduction to American Government OR Introduction to Justice
  • Politics and the Judicial Process OR Ethics and Society OR Ethics and Justice
  • Constitutional Law for Paralegals
  • Family Law
  • Practical Paralegal Skills
  • Computers in the Law Office
  • Advanced Legal Writing
  • Paralegal Studies Internship

Complete four of the following

  • Torts
  • Criminal Law for Paralegals
  • Contracts/Real Property
  • Employment and Administrative Law for Paralegals
  • Probate Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Special Topics Course
Cost Breakdown
Tuition Fees Other Expenses
$234/credit $5/credit Technology Fee $40 Application Fee
$5/credit Libraries Fee $50 Graduation Fee
$6/credit Facilities Fee
$9/credit Network Fee
$25/credit eCampus Fee


Estimated Cost of Program Based on Current Rates: $17,130

For more about UAF costs, visit our Registration Guide.

Careers In Which Graduates Excel

This program will prepare you to enter the legal profession as a qualified paralegal. Paralegals are in high demand in private law offices, within local, state and federal agencies, and within legal departments of large corporations.

Paralegals are qualified to perform rudimentary legal research and produce drafts of letters, office memoranda, pleadings, contracts, wills and similar documents. Paralegals conduct client and witness interviews, engage in basic fact-finding and investigation, and assist in trial preparation and discovery. At all times paralegals remain cognizant of the ethical responsibilities owed by the supervising lawyer to clients, other lawyers and the court system.

Admissions Requirements
No special admissions requirements. General guidelines for applying to UAF can be found here.

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Thanks to the Paralegal Studies program, I have obtained the legal knowledge, analytical skills and writing skills to work in the legal field and to contribute to my community.

Andrea Fields

Legal Assistant in Fairbanks