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.

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.

Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Concentration

Master of Legal Studies

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 (20 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 659 - International Human Rights (2-3 units)

ELECTIVE COURSE REQUIREMENTS (10 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

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

Courses Relevant to Indigenous Peoples and Theory & Jurisprudence

LAW 631H - Critical Race Practice