Alaska Summer Program


Apply now to our Alaska Summer Program!

For more than a decade, Seattle University School of Law has offered the innovative Alaska Summer Program in Anchorage, Alaska, which allows students to earn four course credits, gain significant legal experience, and spend the summer exploring the state’s natural beautwhile making personal and professional connections that will last a lifetime. We have now integrated the Summer Program into the Law School’s growing Alaska Satellite Campus, the very first legal education program offered in Alaska for Alaska.

Seattle University's Alaska Summer Program provides a diverse selection of internship and externship opportunities coupled with one of the nation's only substantive law courses focused on Alaska's unique legal issues. The Alaska Summer Program is designed for law students attending any ABA-approved law school and who have an interest in living, learning and working Alaska whether prior to or after graduation. Program participants will learn about important environmental, legal, and social issues impacting the region from local experts at our Satellite Campus located in Anchorage and nestled at the foot of the Chugach Mountains.

Who is Eligible?

Seattle University School of Law welcomes law students in good standing from any ABA-accredited law school who have completed at least one year of law school. Students who meet these criteria are required to submit a letter of good standing from their current institution.

What is the Summer Curriculum?

Courses alternate year to year and have included courses like:
Climate of Change: Alaska's Constitution, Native Corporations and Natural Resources

Where is the satellite campus?

The Alaska Satellite Campus is located in Grant Hall at Alaska Pacific University. Housing is available on campus for interested program participants. The Alaska Court System provides students access to its law library, as well as to its courtrooms for classes, Moot Court competitions and other program events.

Will I get involved with the legal community?

Yes! The Alaska Satellite Campus builds upon the strong and longstanding Alaska Summer Program and continues the strong partnerships between Seattle University School of Law and Alaska's legal community. You will have the opportunity to choose from both internships and externships with a variety of Alaskan legal services organizations, law firms, and government agencies. Nearly 200 graduates of Seattle University School of Law live and work in Alaska, including current Gov. Bill Walker '83, and former Gov. Sean Parnell '87. Many of our alumni stay connected with the Alaska Program and are eager to both mentor and employ students.

Where can I learn more?

The Alaska Summer Program offers a 4-credit law class taught by local faculty who are experts in their fields, a robust range of internship and externship opportunities, as well as a variety of events to connect students to the Anchorage and larger Alaska legal communities. Housing will be available on the Alaska Pacific University campus for students enrolled in the program and we will be happy to answer any individualized questions regarding matters like tuition and financial aid that you may have. To learn more about individual student experiences, please visit our testimonials page. For more information on the amazing places you can go and things you can do in Alaska, please see the Visiting Alaska page. We can't wait to see you here!

How Do I Apply?

Please send all application materials to Holly Johanknecht, Assistant Director, Alaska Satellite Campus, at the address below.

  1. Complete the application form by clicking on the Apply Now button in the sidebar. Application forms are accepted on a rolling basis. Please see more information below regarding internship placements.
  2. Submit your top two internship choices to Holly Johanknecht. Please also include specific cover letters, resumes, transcript, brief writing sample, and any other materials requested by the internship placements. Internship placements are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we suggest applicants submit their materials for the program by March 1, 2017.
  3. Submit a non-refundable deposit of $300 with your materials. Payments should be made payable to Seattle University School of Law and may be made by check or money order.

For more information on the Alaska Summer Program or to apply, contact Holly Johanknecht directly via e-mail at:

Physical Address:
Holly Johanknecht
Assistat Director 
Alaska Satellite Law Campus
4101 University Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508