Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program

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.


“My decision to attend the University of Arizona Jame E. Rogers College of Law was based primarily on the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy (IPLP) Program. IPLP's course offerings and staff expertise are unparalleled and provided me the necessary knowledge and skill set to excel as a legal practitioner in Indian Country. Moreover, I am confident that my IPLP JD certificate was a pivotal factor in my ability to secure employment with the Department of the Interior. Even today, I continue to utilize the IPLP Program's extensive network of academics and professionals.”
Bethany Sullivan (JD, ’11) Attorney-Advisor, Office of the Solicitor, Department of the Interior