The University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus on July 31, 2020. UAS and Willamette University College of Law recently announced a direct admissions partnership between the two schools to try and make it easier for Alaskan students to study law. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File) University of Alaska Southeast students will now have the option of a direct admissions program with Willamette University College of Law thanks to a recent partnership between the two schools. The 4+3 Direct Admission Program will allow undergraduate UAS students and alumni to be admitted to Willamette Law based on certain academic credentials, .

UA Anchorage already has a similar agreement for law students with Willamette and the University of Washington, said former Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho — himself is a graduate of Willamette Law — and he suggested to representatives from both institutions a similar arrangement be made with UAS.

“You should ask the Law School for a list of Juneau lawyers with degrees from there,” Botelho said in a phone interview Wednesday. “There’s quite a few.” Alaska doesn’t have its own law school, and many prominent Alaskans have received their legal degrees at Willamette, according to the release.

Among Willamette’s notable Alaska alumni are Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Judge Joshua Kindred of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, according to Willamette.

Students in the program would spend four years at UAS earning a Bachelor’s degree and three at Willamette Law, located in Salem, Oregon.

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Botelho said he introduced representatives from UAS and Willamette Law last year to discuss the idea and both sides received it enthusiastically, but the process got stalled when the leadership of both those organizations changed. But the new leaders of both schools were just as receptive to the idea as their predecessors, Botelho said, and the program’s details were finalized this year.

“What was particularly attractive here was the offer of a $10,000 basically scholarship for each person that stayed in good standing in the law program. I think that’s good incentive,” Botelho said.

Students are only eligible for the $10,000 scholarship for the three years they’re at Willamette, according […]

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