IPLP Degrees and Courses

JD Certificate

As part of completing the requirements to earn a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree, students can develop a concentration in federal Indian law, tribal law and policy, and indigenous peoples' human rights through the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program.

IPLP JD Certificate

Master of Laws (LLM)

The Master of Laws (LLM) degree provides students who have completed a Juris Doctorate or LL.B. to specialize in federal Indian law, tribal law and policy, and indigenous peoples' human rights through a full-time, two-semester program.

IPLP Master of Laws (LLM)

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)

The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degree offers candidates an intellectually challenging opportunity for academic specialization. Candidates for the SJD conduct research and produce original scholarship under the guidance of IPLP's internationally renowned faculty.

IPLP SJD

Master of Legal Studies (MLS)

The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree can be pursued by students without previous law training, as well as lawyers. As part of the MLS, students can specialize in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy.  

Master of Legal Studies (MLS) IPLP Concentration

Master of Professional Studies (MPS)

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Indigenous Governance is a graduate level degree program designed for students interested in indigenous governance, nation building, and community and economic development within indigenous communities.

Master of Professional Studies

January in Tucson

January in Tucson (JIT) is a three-week intensive program of courses that draws an international group of tribal leaders and other professionals who learn together and share ideas about how to strengthen indigenous governance.

January in Tucson

IPLP Courses

The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program offers a wide range of intellectually rigorous courses. Students can take courses and clinics related to federal Indian law, tribal law and policy, and indigenous peoples’ human rights. View a full list of IPLP Courses.

Courses taught by IPLP faculty include:

  • Federal Indian Law
  • Addressing Domestic Violence
  • Jurisdiction in Indian Country
  • Law and Culture
  • Tribal Courts & Tribal Law
  • Law of Gaming & Gambling
  • Native American Natural Resources
  • Tribal Jurisdiction for All Lawyers
  • Criminal Law and Restorative Justice in Indian Country
  • Critical Race Practice
  • International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples
  • International Environmental Law

Visit the Arizona Law course schedule for a full list of classes.

Key Contacts

Robert A. Williams, Jr.
E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law; Faculty Co-Chair, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program
Email: lumbee@email.arizona.edu (link sends e-mail) 
Office Number: RH 308
Office Phone: (520) 621-5622


Alisha Morrison
Program Specialist, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program
Email: ams393@email.arizona.edu (link sends e-mail) 
Office Number: RH 309
Office Phone: (520) 621-3165