Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy JD Certificate

The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program’s JD Certificate prepares students to address the unique challenges facing Indigenous communities and to protect and promote Indigenous peoples’ human rights.

For JD students that preparation includes specialized training in federal Indian law, tribal law and policy, and Indigenous peoples’ human rights taught by IPLP’s renowned faculty. Students also receive practical experience through clinics, externships, and advocacy work with Indigenous communities. The IPLP JD Certificate provides the legal foundation necessary to effectively advocate on behalf of Indigenous peoples, improve the administration of justice within Indigenous communities, and engage in Native nation building efforts.

“It has been my honor and privilege to learn from the students, professors, and staff at University of Arizona Law’s IPLP Program. The wealth of knowledge, both theoretical and applied, contained within the halls of this program is absolutely astounding. Perhaps most wonderful of all is the willingness and enthusiasm with which that knowledge is shared with students. The IPLP Program is more than just an education. Through IPLP and IPLP alumni I have had opportunities to make meaningful connections and do meaningful work in Indian Country during my time as a student. Those opportunities will continue to make me a better advocate long after I've graduated. I have been truly fortunate to receive a world-class education and training in both Federal Indian Law and International Indigenous Peoples Law from the IPLP Program, and I cannot recommend the program enough to any individual interested in those fields.”

Vince Redhouse (Navajo), JD Class of 2021


IPLP JD Certificate Requirements

To view the requirements to obtain the IPLP JD Certificate download the certificate requirements below:



IPLP graduates are developing new legal strategies to advance the rights of Indigenous communities around the world and are conducting pioneering research in the field of Indigenous rights. They hold important policy-making positions in governments, the UN, and other international organizations. Join the growing movement of legal advocates, scholars, and policy-makers promoting the rights of Indigenous communities across the world.