Elifuraha Laltaika
Elifuraha Laltaika, IPLP SJD Graduate and Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, discusses human rights mechanisms.

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.

Learn more about IPLP's 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 requiring 24 credit hours of coursework.

Learn more about IPLP's LLM Degree.

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. SJD Students must complete a full-time, two semester year in residency to complete a minimum of 24 credits.

Learn more about IPLP's SJD Degree.

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. This degree may be taken as a full- or part-time program that prepares you for employment in settings where a JD degree is not required. The MLS is an alternative to a JD for non-lawyers who work with legal issues and regulations in their professions, in the US and globally. Credits earned in this program are not transferrable to a JD degree.

Learn more about the MLS.

Master of Professional Studies in Indigenous Governance (MPS)

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

Learn more about the MPS.

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. Visit the Arizona Law course schedule to view a list of upcoming 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 Human Rights
  • International Environmental Law


“The IPLP Program is the reason I came to the University of Arizona College of Law after completing my undergraduate degree at Harvard University, and it is the reason I got the best possible job as an Indian Country business attorney at a large law firm in Minneapolis. IPLP is the crown jewel at Arizona Law.”
Leah Lussier Sixkiller (’10) Associate, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP