Alaska 3L Program


See yourself here! Whether you are from Alaska or dream of living and working here after you graduate, then you are in the right place.

Did you grow up in Alaska? You can now come home to complete your law school career and pursue a rich variety of employment opportunities. Have you ever imagined moving to the land of the midnight sun? Our Alaska 3L Program will allow you to get your foot in the door and launch your legal career here.

The groundbreaking Alaska 3L Program allows you to take either one semester or an entire year of law school courses taught by local experts at Seattle University School of Law’s Alaska Satellite Campus. Fully accredited and approved by the ABA in 2015, our satellite campus promises you a rich variety of classroom and experiential learning opportunities as part of a small student cohort, with highly accessible faculty and personalized curricular and career counseling.

Join the next cohort of adventurous law students and spend your third year of law school taking unique courses specifically designed to meet local needs while getting real-world job experience with one of more than 40 potential employers. Students from Seattle University School of Law or any other accredited law school are welcome to apply to the Alaska 3L Program for one or both semesters during the 2017-18 academic year. If you are ready for the adventure of a lifetime, apply now! Or you may contact Holly Johanknecht for more information.

What is the third-year curriculum?

Through an elective based and Alaska-focused curriculum and externships, you can choose to spend one semester or complete your entire third year of law school in Anchorage.  

Courses vary year to year but have included coures like:

•Alaska Criminal Justice: Past, Present, and Future 
•Environmental Justice and Policy  
•Government Contracts, SBA Programs, and Alaska Native Corporations 
•Practical Matters and Legal Issues in Advising Start-up Companies  

Visit the curriculum pages and faculty bios for more information. 

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.

What if I am from Alaska and want to go to law school?

Alaskan students are invited to apply for admission to the law school. You would spend the first two years at our Seattle campus, but would be home in Alaska for the summers and your third year. Scholarships are available to Alaskans and those applicants will be considered when they apply to the School of Law. For more information on applying, please visit our Office of Admissions for further details.

Where can I learn more?

The faculty director, Christian M. Halliburton, teaches courses in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and Law and Religion. Holly Johanknecht is the Assistant Director at the Alaska Satellite Campus.   Both Professor Halliburton and Holly are committed to furthering legal education in Alaska and providing opportunities for Alaskans.  They are happy to talk with interested students.                                                                                                              

Apply now to our Alaska 3L Program.