A Community to Support You
University of Arizona Law students benefit from the mentorship and support of their fellow classmates and faculty. The University of Arizona Native American Law Students Association creates a welcoming and supportive environment for students and is one of the largest chapters in the country. The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program also brings a global cohort of graduate students who are legal scholars and advocates from Indigenous communities across the world.
Unparalleled Experiential Learning Opportunities
The IPLP Program provides students with unparalleled clinical opportunities. We offer three year-round faulty-led clinics focused on working with tribes and Indigenous communities across the world. Students get the opportunity to work closely with tribal leaders, institutions, and courts to promote justice in Indian country and work on a wide range of Indigenous human rights advocacy projects in the United Nations and other international human rights bodies.
Leaders in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy
Faculty at the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program instill a strong understanding of the legal foundations of federal Indian law, tribal self-determination, and the trust responsibility, informed by developing norms of contemporary international law respecting Indigenous peoples’ human rights. We equip students with the critical thinking skills and lawyering tools needed to develop innovative and effective legal strategies and policy initiatives to promote and advance the rights of Indigenous communities across Indian Country and throughout the world.
The faculty at IPLP have extensive experience in a wide range of fields and roles including:
- Federal Indian law
- Indigenous peoples’ law, policy, and human rights
- International and domestic environmental and natural resource law
- Economic development within Indigenous communities
- Tribal governance and self-determination
- Native Nation Building
- Indigenous Entrepreneurship
- Jurisdiction within Indian Country
- Constitutions of Indigenous Nations
- Critical race theory
- Cultural property law
- Indigenous Food Sovereignty
- Intergovernmental Relations
- Native Economic Development
- Implementing the Violence Against Women Act within tribal communities
- Serving as tribal court judges
- Representing Indigenous communities before the United States Supreme Court, domestic courts in Latin America, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Peoples, and the Supreme Court of Canada