Alaskan students closer to earning law degrees without spending three years outside state

June 12, 2013

Alaskan students are a step closer to being able to earn law degrees without spending three years outside their home state, thanks to the unanimous approval by the law school faculty.

The faculty voted to develop a satellite campus that would allow students from Alaska to spend their summers and their third year of law school at home. The program must receive approval from the American Bar Association, which is expected to take a year. It's hoped that the law school could begin accepting applications for the program soon thereafter.

The School of Law has many outreach programs with the state of Alaska, the only state without a law school. Among them are Study Law in Alaska Program, in which law students take a course and complete gain practical experience though a variety of summer placements in Anchorage, and the  Color of Justice Program, which brings diverse students from across the state together for exciting workshops and activities designed to encourage them to consider legal and judicial careers.

George Sundborg, father of University President Steve Sundborg helped pave the way for Alaska statehood. He and his wife Mary, established an endowment that provides scholarships to Alaska students to attend Seattle University School of Law.

The law school marked the progress on the program at a reception in Anchorage with Alaskan alumni in June.