Indian Legal Program

Quality outcomes

If you want to make a difference in Indian Country, ASU Law is the place to be. No program has placed more graduates in positions of influence. Click the button below to view some of our esteemed alumni.

Sample of coursework offered

  • Cultural Resources
  • Indian Gaming
  • Tribal Law and Government
  • Economic Development in Indian Country
  • Contemporary Issues in Tribal Economic Development
  • Indian Law and Taxation
  • Federal Advocacy for the Tribal Client
  • International Indigenous Rights
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Civil Rights Legislation
  • Environmental Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Water Law
  • Tribal Energy

Indian Law Portal

The purpose of the Indian Law Portal is to provide subject materials that support the curriculum of the Indian Legal Program. The portal also benefits the Indian legal community with links to comprehensive, authoritative, and free materials. ASU subscription materials are available for use in the library.

Indian Law Portal


The Indian Legal Program alumni are making a difference in Indian Country. Graduates are working for tribes, in public service, private practice and nonprofit organizations. ILP’s positive reputation is in large part due to the success and support of the ILP graduates.

JD, Juris Doctor

The JD can be focused in Indian Law, and students can earn an Indian Law Certificate.

The Indian Law Certificate Program is designed for JD students with an interest in Indian law. Students are required to take at least 21 hours of classes that are relevant to the practice of Indian law, write a substantial paper on an Indian law topic, and complete practical work experience in the award-winning Indian Legal Clinic. The Indian Law Certificate shows a higher level of understanding in the subject matter. Graduates stand out to employers, especially if seeking a job in representing state, federal or tribal governments, or represent companies that do business with tribes.

ILP students paying attention in class

Students in the ILP are able to customize learning to their needs.

LLM, Master of Laws in Tribal Policy Law and Government

Do you have your law degree and work (or aspire to work) with Native American tribes and businesses? Are you interested in government, economic development, or health care positions that impact native populations? If so, consider a Master of Laws with an emphasis in Tribal Policy, Law and Government.

Today, native tribes face growing issues concerning health, economic development, gaming, and many other areas associated with being sovereign nations within the United States’ legal framework. Students will gain a detailed understanding of the nature of tribal government, and of law and policy development within the domestic federal structure.

The core curricular offerings focus on domestic tribal law, federal Indian law and American institutions of law and government.

MLS, Master of Legal Studies

For those who do not wish to practice law, but have a need or interest in tribal law, the MLS in Indian Law provides students with the basics of law, but also allows them to choose some of their classes in order to gain the tribal law knowledge they desire.