Areas of Focus

Indian Law

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

The Indian Law area of focus comprises courses focusing on federal Indian law and tribal legal systems to cultural property law. A renowned resource in support of Native Nations, UCLA Law’s Native Nations Law & Policy Center advances Indian nations’ laws and institutions while promoting cultural resource protections.The Tribal Legal Development Clinic connects law students directly with tribal leaders, officers, and attorneys, to provide legal development services to Indian tribes. The clinic hosts non-litigation, tribally-driven projects that cover a wide cross-section of subjects. Students work in teams, consult regularly with the tribal liaison, and produce a work product under the supervision of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Legal Development Clinic Director.

UCLA Law and UCLA’s Interdepartmental Program in American Indian Studies offer a four-year joint degree program of study that is 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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