Monday, August 13, 2012

Paralegal Studies program celebrates 20 years of American Bar Association approval

1992 approval letter from the American Bar Association
The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program at the Justice Center was approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) 20 years ago today.  Since 1992, the Paralegal Studies Certificate has been awarded to several hundred individuals. The Paralegal Studies programs at UAA and UAF are the only American Bar approved programs in Alaska.

The mission of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals  is to improve the American system of justice by establishing ABA standards for the education of paralegals and by promoting attorneys' professional, effective and ethical utilization of paralegals.

UAA Paralegal graduates can be found working in law firms, state and federal agencies, corporate legal departments, the courts, Native corporations, and the private business sector, contributing to the justice system on the local, state, and federal levels.

Prof. Deborah Periman, J.D., is the coordinator for the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program.

The Paralegal Studies program does not train lawyers or legal administrators, and graduates are not authorized to provide direct legal services to the public.