Programs

Alaska

Alaska Summer Program

Overview

The Alaska Summer Program provides law students with an introduction to Alaska’s unique and compelling legal issues.

  • Earn four law school credits
  • Gain significant legal experience by completing an externship or internship
  • Spend the summer exploring the state’s natural beauty
  • Develop professional connections to help launch your career, in Alaska or elsewhere

Curriculum

As a program participant, you will learn about important legal, social and environmental issues impacting the state. Courses, which alternate from year to year, cover topics such as:

  • Alaska’s constitution
  • Alaska Native Corporations
  • Environmental law and natural resources

Summer 2019 Course

Law, Policy, and Practice in Alaska's Leading Industries

4 credits
Carroll, Goltz, Johanknecht, Wilson

The Alaska summer course examines laws that relate specifically to Alaska, Alaska Natives, and the environment. The specific course offering alternates between years to provide opportunities for students to take the summer course during both their 1L and 2L summers.

The course typically examines the laws governing Alaska Natives combined with Environmental, Climate Change, or Natural Resources law. The course will bring together the history of Alaska and how many of the issues at play before Statehood remain a common and integral thread through to the present day.

Esteemed members from the Alaska legal community will also be invited as guests to several classes so that students have an opportunity to meet and interact with practitioners on the ground in Alaska.

Eligibility

To participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a student in good standing at any ABA-accredited law school
  • Have completed at least your first year of law school

Admissions procedure

Priority deadline: January 1
Students are accepted on a rolling basis, so please consider applying as early as possible after application opens on Oct. 1, 2018.

Here is what you will need to submit:

  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • $300 deposit (non-refundable), payable to Seattle University School of Law
  • For visiting students:
    • We also require a letter from your law school attesting to your good standing. Visit Transfer/Visiting Students for more information.

Alaska 3L Program

Overview

For third-year law students, our 3L program – the only one of its kind offered in Alaska – gives you the opportunity to live, study and work in Alaska for a semester or an entire year. In the process, you can tailor your law school experience to prepare you to achieve your professional goals.

  • Build your network within the legal community
  • Deepen your understanding of complex legal issues and capacity for legal analysis
  • Apply your learning in real world practice contexts, with potential externships across the state
  • Engage with world class legal experts in a small classroom environment

Curriculum

Through a combination of elective courses and externships, you will gain the specialized legal knowledge and professional skills to practice law, in Alaska or elsewhere. Sample courses include:

  • Trial Advocacy in Alaska
  • The Alaska Constitution
  • Investigative Criminal Procedure
  • Alaska Externship Seminar

Fall 2019 Courses

Alaska Externship Seminar

1 Credits

Holly Johanknecht
The Alaska Externship Seminar will cover some of the core values, knowledge and skills students will need in their externship and as they begin to develop their professional identity. The course will discuss practice skills, professionalism, stress, workplace conflict resolution, and other themes for personal and professional reflection, and will guide students to consider and articulate the kind of lawyer they want to be and how that relates to their clients, values, community, and personal lives.

Getting to the Jury: Pretrial Litigation

3 credits
Claire DeWitte

Coming soon! 

Government Contracts, SBA Programs, and Alaska Native Corporations

3 Credits
Christine Williams

This course surveys Government Contracts and the Small Business Administration programs, including Section 8(a), particularly in Alaska. Students will gain an understanding of public law procurement and the policies implicated when the Government enters into contracts with private parties. Topics include instrumentalities of contracting, the Federal Acquisition Regulations, limitations on private and public parties, policy development, and related issues. This course also provides an overview of the SBA's small business programs with an emphasis on contracting programs, regulations, and the application of those regulations, with a particular emphasis on how these apply in Alaska. Students should view this course as a survey course that incorporates practical considerations and applications and provides insights into issues that commonly arise in the Government Contracting field.

Law and Religion

3 Credits
Christian Halliburton

This course is designed to develop deeper familiarity with the major tenets of the First Amendment's religion clauses, and to allow for the exploration of the often-competing normative frameworks that drive their interpretation and application. The course will be facilitated in a hybrid, digitally-mediated format that will combine live classroom engagement with a series learning activities and online interactions. Together, these components allow students to develop their ability to use various modes of First Amendment analysis, to situate and reflect on the historical and evolutionary meaning of Religious Liberty in our constitutional tradition, and to look beyond prevailing doctrine to scrutinize emerging or modern legal challenges involving religious freedom or religious interests. We will utilize a variety of materials, including historical records, judicial opinions and scholarly articles, during the course of study, and students will have an opportunity to contribute to the scope of discussion by engaging in and then sharing some results from independent inquiry into the topic. Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I

Eligibility

To participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a student in good standing at any ABA-accredited law school
  • Have completed at least the first two years of law school

Admissions procedure

Priority deadline:  March 15, 2019
Students are accepted on a rolling basis, so please consider applying as early as possible. Here is what you will need to submit:

  • Completed application 
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • $300 deposit (non-refundable), payable to Seattle University School of Law
  • For visiting students:
  • We also require a letter from your law school attesting to your good standing. Visit Transfer/Visiting Students for more information.