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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 8. Business and Professions
- Chapter 8. Attorneys
- Section 207. Law Clerks.
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AS 08.08.207. Law Clerks.
- (a) Every person who desires subsequently to qualify as a general applicant for admission to the Alaska Bar without having
been graduated from an approved law school shall register as a law clerk as provided by this section. The person shall
present satisfactory proof that the person has been granted a bachelor's degree, other than bachelor of laws, by a
college or university offering the degree on the basis of a four-year course of study and has successfully completed
the first year of studies at a law school.
- (b) The applicant shall obtain regular and full-time employment as a law clerk in the office of a judge of a court of
record or an attorney or firm of attorneys licensed to practice law in Alaska and engaged in the general practice of
law. The person by whom the applicant is employed, or, if the applicant is employed by a firm, the person under whose
direction the applicant is to study, must have been admitted to practice law in this state for at least five years at
the time the application for registration is filed, and be otherwise eligible to act as tutor. Before the commencement
of the study of law under this section, the applicant shall file with the university an application to register as a
law clerk. The application shall be made on a form to be provided by the university and shall require answers to
interrogatories the university may determine from time to time to be relevant to a consideration of the application.
Proof of a fact stated in the application may be required by the university. If the applicant fails or refuses to
furnish any information or proof or answer any interrogatory required by the application, or independently by the
university, in a manner satisfactory to the university, the application may be denied.
- (c) Accompanying the application there must be submitted a statement under oath of the person by whom the applicant is
employed as a law clerk, or, if the applicant is employed by a firm, of the person under whose direction the applicant
is to study, certifying to the fact of the employment and that that person will act as tutor for the applicant and will
faithfully instruct the applicant in the branches of the law prescribed by the course of study adopted by the
university. A person is not eligible to act as tutor while disciplinary proceedings (following the service of a formal
complaint) are pending against the person, or if the person has ever been censured, reprimanded, suspended or
disbarred. If a registered law clerk finds it necessary to change tutors during the period of study, a new application
for registration as a law clerk is required and such credit given for study under a prior tutor as the university may
- (d) A law clerk whose registration has been approved by the university must pursue a course of study for three calendar
years of at least 44 weeks each year, with a minimum each week of 35 hours of study (it being understood that the time
actually spent in the performance of the duties of law clerk is to be considered as time spent in the study of law).
The tutor must give personal direction regularly and frequently to the clerk, must examine the law clerk at least once
a month on the work done in the previous month, and must certify monthly as to compliance with the requirements of this
subsection and (e) and (g) of this section.
- (e) The examinations shall be written and not oral, and shall be answered by the clerk without research or assistance
during the examination. The monthly certificate of compliance submitted by the tutor shall be accompanied by the
originals of all written examinations and answers given during the period reported. If the certificates, together with
the required attachments, are not filed timely with the university, no credit may be given for any period of the
- (f) If a registered law clerk does not furnish evidence of completion of law studies within a period of six years after
registration, the university may cancel the registration.
- (g) The course of study to be pursued by a registered law clerk shall cover subjects, textbooks, casebooks, and other
material the university may from time to time require.
- (h) A registered law clerk who has attended either an approved or a nonapproved law school may, in the discretion of the
university, receive credit for work done and obtain advanced standing. In no event will credit be given for fractional
parts of semesters or terms, or for correspondence school work.
- (i) In this section
- (1) "law school" means a law school accredited, approved or meeting the standards of the Council of Legal Education of the
American Bar Association or the Association of American Law Schools; or a school in Alaska offering a course of study
which the university approves as the equivalent to a year's study in a law school under this section;
- (2) "university" means the University of Alaska.
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