Areas of Focus

Indian Law

From addressing public policy concerns for Native peoples to repatriation and cultural resource protection, Indian law covers a wide range of legal subjects.

The Indian Law area of focus comprises courses focusing on tribal legal systems, federal Indian law, and international advocacy for Indigenous rights. A renowned resource in support of Native Nations, UCLA Law’s Native Nations Law & Policy Center advances Indian nations’ laws and institutions in furtherance of tribal sovereignty and rights of self-determination. A central pillar of the specialization is the Tribal Legal Development Clinic, which connects law students directly with tribal leaders, officers, and attorneys, to provide legal development services to Indian tribes.

UCLA Law and UCLA’s American Indian Studies Department offer a four-year joint degree JD/MA program designed to produce law graduates with a rich understanding of tribal cultures that will increase their legal understanding, facilitate their practice in the field of Indian law and enhance their service to Indian nations. Legal study will include relevant tribal, United States and international law.


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