Centers Of Excellence

Native Nations Law & Policy Center

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.


Tribal Justice

The Native Nations Law & Policy Center connects students to Native American communities to strengthen legal systems on tribal lands while protecting and advancing tribal cultural and legal values.

Through clinical programs and advanced coursework led by preeminent faculty experts in the field, the Native Nations Law & Policy Center addresses critical public policy issues facing Native Nations while offering students invaluable opportunities for legal training. Our Tribal Legal Development Clinic serves Native American communities directly, providing legal expertise and support to those most in need, while students engage with tribal leaders, officers and attorney to contribute services to Indian tribes. A joint J.D./M.A. degree in Law and American Indian Studies offers an integrated program to produce law graduates with a rich understanding of tribal cultures and tribal, national and international legal systems. Additionally, The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria has established the Graton Scholarship, which provides a three-year, full tuition scholarship to students interested in pursuing legal careers in Native American law.

Student Opportunities

Event Recordings

  • Events

    Native Nations programming addresses critical public policy issues facing Native tribes. Please visit Native Nations Events for information about our events and program recordings.


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Apr 16, 2024

Angela Riley appears on the 'Justice Matters' podcast to talk about indigenous sovereignty and human rights

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Feb 26, 2024

Angela Riley wins prestigious prize for indigenous cultural property scholarship

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