Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Concentration

Master of Legal Studies

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A woman speaks in front of a projected slide about coastal erosion and tribal cultural heritage
Climate change and Indian legal scholar Patty Ferguson-Bohnee presenting her work as part of the annual IPLP Colloquia, which brings experts to campus from around the world.

Learn about the Online MLS with a concentration in indigenous peoples law and policy.

As part of the nationally and internationally recognized premier program for the study of law and policy concerning indigenous peoples, this concentration offers a master's level curriculum open to candidates seeking to build expertise in this area and who have at a minimum a bachelors degree. Students will receive professional training to address the complex issues facing indigenous peoples today, developing a proficiency in federal Indian law, Indigenous human rights, Indigenous community and economic development, and the protection of cultural and natural resources.

Required Core Courses (21 UNITS)

  • LAW 501 - Procedure (3 units)
  • LAW 502A - American Common Law System I (3 units)
  • LAW 502B - American Common Law System II (3 units)
  • LAW 504 - American Public Law System (3 units)
  • LAW 507 - Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (3 units)
  • LAW 550 - Native American Law and Policy (3 units)
  • LAW 527 – International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples (or LAW 659 – International Human Rights) (3 units)

Elective Course Requirements (9 UNITS)

Complete at least 10 units in substantive courses relevant to Indigenous peoples from among the following courses, any additional course listed on the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program webpage, or any other course approved in advance by the program director.

January in Tucson Winter Term (JIT) (1 unit each)

  • LAW 631D - Rebuilding Native Nations: An Introduction 
  • LAW 631L - Constitutions of Indigenous Nations
  • LAW 631M - Comparative Legal Systems & Their Role in Nation Building
  • LAW 631N - Exploring Data for Nation Building: Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Governance  
  • LAW 631K - The Evidence for Native Nation Building   
  • LAW 631O - Creating Indigenous Entrepreneurs   
  • LAW 656B - Comparative Indigenous Governance
  • LAW 656F - Cultural Property of Indigenous Peoples 
  • LAW 579A - Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Under International Law
  • LAW 656A - Intergovernmental Relations 
  • LAW 525 - Native Economic Development 
  • LAW 631J - Making Change Happen

Courses Relevant to Indigenous Peoples and Government Infrastructure.

  • LAW 631B - Tribal Courts and Tribal Law 
  • LAW 621A - Administrative Law 
  • LAW 642 - Federal Courts 
  • LAW 631G - Jurisdiction in Indian Country 
  • LAW 623 - Conflicts of Laws 

Courses Relevant to Indigenous Peoples and Economic Development

Although not all courses are offered every semester, a list of possible electives can be found on the course schedules pages.

  • LAW 525 - Native Economic Development 
  • LAW 616 - Business Organizations 
  • LAW 557 - Employment Law 
  • LAW 633C - Secured Transactions 
  • LAW 631E - Gaming and Gambling 
  • LAW 631C - Taxation in Indian Country 
  • LAW 643M - Foreign Investment in Developing Economies 

Courses Relevant to Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Resources Management and Protection

  • LAW 697B - Globalization and the Transformation of Culture 
  • LAW 631F - Who Owns Native Culture 
  • ANTHR/LAW 595K - American Indians, Anthropology and the Law 
  • ANTHR/LAW 595J - Sanctioned Identities: Culture, Power, and Law
  • LAW 656F - Cultural Property of Indigenous Peoples 
  • LAW 655R - Intellectual Property Law
  • GEOG/LAW 596L - Law, Geography & Property     

Courses Relevant to Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resources Management & Protection

  • LAW 643D - Native American Natural Resources 
  • LAW 669 - Environmental Law 
  • LAW 634C - Federal Public Lands and Natural Resources 
  • LAW 641 - Water Law 
  • GEOG/LAW 596L - Law, Geography & Property
  • LAW 627 - Oil & Gas Law
  • LAW 640 - Public Lands and Mining
  • LAW 603J - Sustainability & Environmental Policy 
  • LAW 650C - Energy Law 
  • AIS 441A - Natural Resources Management in Native Communities
  • AIS 431A - Traditional Ecological Knowledge 

Courses Relevant to Indigenous Peoples and Community Relations and Community Services

  • LAW 556 - Family Law 
  • LAW 619 - Estates & Trusts 

Courses Relevant to Indigenous Peoples and International & Comparative Law

  • LAW 656G - Comparative Law of Indigenous Peoples 
  • LAW 656B (January in Tucson) - Comparative Indigenous Governance 
  • LAW 697E - International Intellectual Property Law 
  • LAW 696I - International Environmental Law
  • LAW 551 - Introduction to Public International Law or LAW 670 - Public International Law

Courses Relevant to Indigenous Peoples and Theory & Jurisprudence

  • LAW 631H - Critical Race Practice 

Although not all courses are offered every semester, a list of possible electives can be found on the course schedules pages.

 

 

Updated: 02/14/2018