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Williamette University College of LawA new 3+3 program partnership between UAA and the Williamette University College of Law allows UAA students to earn a bachelor's and law degree in six years, rather than the usual minimum of seven years. Under this agreement, UAA students from any major who have completed their required disciplinary credits, all of their GER credits, and a total of 90 credits overall, may apply for admission to Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. Learn how the 3+3 program works on our 3+3 program page.

In the news


The history of marijuana laws in Alaska — see the video here


The Alaska Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Simmonds v. Parks case today, July 18, 2014. Click here for the slip opinion. The briefs and audio of the oral arguments are available here.

An April 4, 2014 Minor Consuming Alcohol (MCA) Conference was sponsored by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and the Minor Consuming Alcohol Subcommittee of the Alaska Supreme Court's Fairness, Diversity, and Equality Committee.  The conference was held in Anchorage and was organized in response to concern about MCA cases and underage drinking in Alaska.  All the conference materials are available on the Alaska Court website. For more information, see the Justice Center blog post, “Dr. Rivera presents at Alaska Court System Minor Consuming Alcohol Conference April 4.”
Prof. Jason Brandeis

Prof. Jason Brandeis was interviewed by KTUU Channel 2 News about the history of marijuana laws in Alaska, first of a series on the marijuana initiative, Ballot Measure 2, to be voted on in November.

Prof. Brandeis is the author of a 2012 Alaska Law Review article,  "The Continuing Vitality of Ravin v. State: Alaskans Still Have the Right To Possess Marijuana in the Privacy of Their Homes" and in March moderated a panel discussion at UAA, Time to Legalize? A Public Discussion on Marijuana Law and Policy.


AJSAC Fact Sheet
Arrests for Drug Offenses in Alaska: 2000–2011


Alaska Justice Forum 30(3–4)
Fall 2013/Winter 2014

Arrests for Drug Offenses in Alaska: 2000–2011

The most recent issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet presents data for 2000–2011 on arrests for drug offenses made by Alaska police agencies. The report presents drug offense arrest information for both adults and juveniles for the 12-year period, including number of drug offense arrests, drug offense arrests as a percentage of all arrests, drug offense arrest rate, and drug offense types. Data is drawn from the annual Crime in Alaska report of the Alaska Department of Public Safety, which represents the State of Alaska's contribution to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) program. The fact sheet is by Khristy Parker of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC).

Alaska Justice Forum 30(2), Summer2013

The Fall 2013/Winter 2014 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum includes articles on offender reentry and the collateral consequences of criminal conviction, the relationship between unemployment and domestic violence, and prison visitation policies. The issue also includes faculty and staff news, and a memorial to retired Justice Center faculty member Dr. Nancy E. Schafer, who died in September 2013.

Justice Center announces new Legal Studies programs

Legal Studies at UAA

The Justice Center is now offering five new programs in Legal Studies beginning in Spring 2014:

All five programs are approved by the American Bar Association and are open for enrollment. Contact the Justice Center at 786-1810. Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., is the Legal Studies Program Coordinator. Email her at

Alaska Victimization Survey: Research on Violence Against Women in Alaska

Click here for results of the most recent Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS) which provides estimates of intimate partner violence and sexual violence experienced by adult women in Alaska. Statewide estimates were produced in 2010 and regional estimates were produced in 2011, 2012, 2013. The AVS is an ongoing survey.

For recent publications & presentations, click here.