What makes the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (Arizona Law) unique is its approach to legal education in the field of federal Indian law, tribal law and policy, and indigenous peoples human rights. Students are trained in the classroom and in real-world settings by faculty who are leaders both in their academic fields and as practitioners in tribal, national, and international forums.
For nearly three decades, Arizona Law has been a leader in the field of American Indian and indigenous peoples law, policy, and human rights. Arizona Law is the only law school in the world offering all three graduate degrees in the field (JD, LLM, and SJD), a Master of Legal Studies (MLS), and a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) with a concentration in indigenous peoples’ law and policy. Throughout the academic year IPLP offers robust course offerings and significant scholarship funding for qualified students.
“I look back at my time at IPLP with gratitude. IPLP’s community of critically thinking advocates provided a home for me during my legal studies. I was inspired to dig deeper by IPLP professors and to work harder by my colleagues in the pursuit of justice for indigenous peoples around the world. The quality of the professors and students was remarkable. We didn't simply gloss over lessons, we dug in. The law is a social construction and the humanity of it shined through brightly in the classroom. Our courses didn't dissociate the law from humanity; it was recognized for its human origins and we were empowered to impact and shape it as legal practitioners. The program equipped me with the necessary tools I use as a modern-day warrior, fighting for justice for indigenous peoples every day.”
Elizabeth Hensley (JD, ’09) Attorney, Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP