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Native American Law Center (NALC)

TU’s College of Law is a leading research center for Native American law and history. The Native American Law Center is enhanced by Tulsa’s proximity to 35 major tribal headquarters, lying within the original borders of the Muscogee Creek Nation.

Established as a center in 2000, Native American Law Center builds on the certificate program established in 1990. The Center’s mission is to provide resources for the study and teaching of legal issues concerning Indian tribes and other indigenous peoples worldwide.

The TU College of Law was the first law school to offer a certificate program in Indian law and continues to be at the forefront of the field with its LLM in American Indian and Indigenous Law.

Students enjoy small classes, considerable student-faculty interaction, and extensive opportunities to work with nearby tribal governments. The active chapter of Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) participates in the national NALSA moot court competition, is involved in community activities and travels to the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Conference, which also includes a job fair and the National NALSA meeting.

Many TU Law graduates specialize in the practice of Indian law, working for tribal governments, tribal courts, federal agencies, law firms, and as sole practitioners.

TU Law’s unmatched resources include:

  • Specialized library collection in Indian and indigenous law
  • Full-time professors who are experts in Indian law
  • LLM in American Indian and Indigenous Law 
  • Gilcrease Museum (managed by TU), a nationally renowned museum of Native American art and artifacts, providing academic and research opportunities
  • Judicial Internship with Courts of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation
  • Opportunities to work with nearby tribal governments
  • Indian law courses
  • Jess Green Scholarship
  • Utsey Family Scholarship

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