Stephanie M. Nichols


As Director of Seattle University's Study Law in Alaska Program, Stephanie brings a lifetime of experiences from Alaska to the Law School. Alaska is the only state in the country without a law school, and it presents an array of issues of keen interest to this law school's unique mission. The Law School's current and well-established Study Law in Alaska Program has been in existence for over a decade, and Stephanie continues to build and expand our relations in Alaska from its legal communities to our alumni and law students from across the country.

In addition to directing the Law School's presence in Alaska, Stephanie also teaches courses in Alaska Native Law, on the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and on Alaska's Legal History. She has also taught the Indian Trust and Estates clinic in Seattle University's Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic.

Stephanie received a degree in Accountancy cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. cum laude from Seattle University. Prior to her work at the Law School, Stephanie was in-house counsel for an Indian tribe near Olympia, Washington. She has also been a speaker at several national conferences on the American Indian Probate Reform Act. During law school Stephanie was a First Place winner of the Fredric C. Tausend Appellate Oral Argument Competition. She was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and has traveled extensively throughout Alaska, the country, and the world.


  • B.B.A., cum laude, University of Notre Dame
  • J.D., cum laude, Seattle University School of Law


  • Alaska Native Law