The LLM in American Indian and Indigenous Law program is an advanced degree designed to educate lawyers in the issues critical to understanding and representing American Indian and other indigenous people, both in the United States and abroad.
Tribes play an increasingly important role in business and politics. As a consequence, Indian law has become less of a specialty and more of a necessity for lawyers. Because of Tulsa’s unique location and the expertise of the faculty, The University of Tulsa College of Law is a leader in Indian law education and emphasizes the three foundation sets of legal principles: law of the tribal governments, domestic laws of the United States (Federal Indian law), and the international law applicable to indigenous peoples.
The LLM program is flexible. In consultation with the faculty, students can tailor a field of study not just to Indian law in general, but to specific sub-specialties they wish to develop. The program is available as a research track. This requires successfully completing a minimum of 24 credit hours and maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4-point scale to earn the degree.
The faculty is committed to working individually with each student to meet particular academic needs.
Research Track Courses
The research track is a 24 credit hour program with a minimum of 3 credit hours of thesis. Students on the research track may choose anywhere from 3 to 12 credit hours of thesis, with the remaining hours from course work. Research track students may enroll full- or part-time and must complete the program within 5 years.
Research track students are required to take the following courses:
- International Law or Native American and Indigenous Rights (3 units)
- Federal Indian Law (3 units)
- American Indian Law Seminar (3 units)
- LLM Indian/Indigenous Law Thesis (3 units)
Waivers are available to students who have previously completed a required course; or, in extraordinary circumstances, with the written consent of the thesis adviser and one other member of the NALC faculty. Students are encouraged to take their additional courses from the Indian law curriculum or the approved list of courses, but substitutions may be made with the written consent of the thesis adviser. This degree is awarded to students who have successfully completed a minimum of 24 course hours over a one-year period with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5. All applicants are required to apply online via LSAC.