What makes the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (Arizona Law) unique is its approach to legal education in the field of federal Indian law, tribal law and policy, and indigenous peoples human rights. Students are trained in the classroom and in real-world settings by faculty who are leaders both in their academic fields and as practitioners in tribal, national, and international forums.
For nearly three decades, Arizona Law has been a leader in the field of American Indian and indigenous peoples law, policy, and human rights. Arizona Law is the only law school in the world offering all three graduate degrees in the field (JD, LLM, and SJD), a Master of Legal Studies (MLS), and a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) with a concentration in indigenous peoples’ law and policy. Throughout the academic year IPLP offers robust course offerings and significant scholarship funding for qualified students.
Your legal education will teach you to “think like a lawyer,” honing your analytical skills, developing better critical thinking, and acquiring the professional skills you need no matter where your education takes you.
University of Arizona Law offers a mix of qualities no other school can match: a small, top-ranked program in the heart of a nationally acclaimed university, exceptional employment outcomes, the most global JD program in the country, and the chance to spend your law school years in Tucson, a cool, eclectic city with a diverse population of nearly one million people named the #4 best city for millennials by Money magazine.
Explore the full range of program offerings at http://law.arizona.edu/programs
College of Law
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
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The LLM application is available online directly on our website here. After you create an account make sure to select the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy (IPLP) Program as the program you are applying to.
Required Documents for Application
2 letters of recommendation:
At least one letter of recommendation should be from a faculty member at the institution awarding the first law degree. If not, please explain why this is not available in the appropriate departmental question on the application. Applicants who hold an LLM degree must submit at least one recommendation from an instructor at the institution that granted their LLM degree. The strongest recommendations are substantive and detail the applicant's analytical abilities and writing skills. It is worth making a significant effort to communicate with your recommenders regarding the need for detail.
1-2 page personal statement:
The personal statement is both a writing sample and an opportunity to discuss your unique characteristics and personal qualities, including educational and work experiences, talents and special interests, socioeconomic background, involvement in community affairs and public service, or any events or circumstances that have helped shape your life or given it direction. It should not exceed three double-spaced pages in length.
If you are seeking financial assistance, please include in your personal statement an explanation of any information you would like the Admissions Committee to consider in making financial awards. IPLP awards merit-based scholarships on a rolling basis and has limited funding available. In order to receive a scholarship, early applications are strongly encouraged.
Resume or curriculum vitae:
The resume should summarize your education, work experience, any publications, and other relevant credentials and accomplishments.
Official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions:
Transcripts for your first law degree and any other graduate degrees should be submitted.
Proof of English proficiency for international students (TOEFL or IETLS Report):
All non-native English speaker applicants must submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or seek a waiver as detailed below.
Arizona Law requires a high-level of English proficiency for all degree and non-degree seeking programs including the LLM programs. Arizona Law has a rigorous curriculum for all programs. Classes require a dynamic exchange between students, and with faculty. Therefore, a high-level of English proficiency is required to have a meaningful participation in and outside of the classroom as well as for students to succeed in law school.
In general, the target scores candidates should submit are a TOEFL score of approximately 100 iBT or IELTS overall score of 7.5. We also look at the breakdown of subsection scores for listening, speaking, writing and reading.
Nonetheless, a lower score in one area or overall does not automatically preclude an applicant from consideration. Applicants whose test score(s) falls below the targets set forth above, should highlight in the personal statement portion of their application any specific data, background, or other information that they feel might strengthen their application in this regard, such as time spent in English language environments, work done in English, English language publications, etc. It is also recommended that applicants with scores lower than those set forth above submit at least one recommendation that addresses, at least in part, their English language ability.
Applicants may also request a waiver review based on their studies in the U.S., a LSAT score of or above 155, and/or a GRE verbal reasoning score of 155 or higher. Arizona Law will also accept requests for waivers based on the current English proficiency exemptions for Graduate Students at the University of Arizona. Applicants requesting a waiver are required to submit a writing sample and to hold an interview in English.
The admissions committee reserves the right to request a writing sample, hold interviews or request additional information or documents to support English proficiency for all applicants.
*Applicants who intend to practice law should be aware that bar admission in all U.S. states involves consideration of a bar applicant's character and moral fitness for the practice of law. Applicants should acquaint themselves with the bar admission requirements of the states in which they intend to practice. The American Bar Association offers various resources on bar admission, see: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/bar_admissio....
The Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program continues to be one of the best values in legal education. Students enrolled in the program receive both classroom and hands-on training.
Federal financial aid may be available for U.S. citizens. Some forms of aid are need-based and other are not based upon financial need. Applicants are encouraged to look at the College of Law financial aid page for information on tuition rates, financial aid, information on deadlines for applying for financial assistance, and information on how to apply for private non-governmental loans (https://law.arizona.edu/costs-financial-aid).
To assist students in obtaining financial aid, Keyshia Connor serves as Associate Director of Financial Aid/Scholarships for prospective and enrolled students at the College of Law. Ms. Connor can be reached at 520.626.1832 or by email at email@example.com.
Scholarships & Fellowships
Because University and College of Law financial aid funds are extremely limited, full scholarships in general are rarely available to students enrolling in the program. Partial awards (in the form of grants or tuition waivers) can be offered to a few students each year. Applicants must find most of the financial assistance necessary for their travel, living, and educational expenses from outside sources. To be considered for a scholarship, please submit with your application a 1-2 page letter requesting to be considered for a scholarship and providing information you think is relevant to your financial situation.
The Graduate College provides additional information for financial resources available to University of Arizona Graduate Students (http://grad.arizona.edu/financial-resources). Additionally, the International Student Office provides information on financial aid resources for international students (http://global.arizona.edu/international-students/financial-aid-resources-international-students).
We accept and review applications on a rolling basis. Given the unique attributes of our LLM program, admission is highly competitive and early applications are strongly encouraged.
Spring 2021 Application Deadlines:
Fall 2021 Application Deadlines:
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
The LLM program is designed to provide those who have completed a law degree with a specialization in federal Indian and indigenous peoples' law through a full-time, two-semester program requiring 24 credit hours of coursework. Students in the program must successfully complete Federal Indian Law and International Human Rights or International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples. Additionally, international students must complete Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research and Introduction to the U.S. Legal System.
LLM students are required to take:
LAW 631A - Federal Indian Law (3 units)
Law 527 - International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples (2 units)
Additionally, international students must complete:
Law 603H-Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (2 units)
Law 685-Introduction to the U.S. Legal System (2 units)
The LLM program is designed to be flexible and students must work with their faculty advisor to determine which electives courses to take. Examples of courses include:
Law 631B - Tribal Courts and Tribal Law (3 units)
Law 656W - Tribal Water Rights (3 units)
LAW 612C - Child, Tribe & State: LAW 612C (2 units)
Law 631E - Law of Gaming & Gambling Law 631E (2 units)
LAW 631H - Critical Race Practice (2 units)
LAW 643D - Native American Natural Resources (3 units)
LAW 656G - Comparative Law on Indigenous Peoples (3 units)
LAW 631F - Law and Culture (3 units)
LAW 656C - Indian Energy Law (2 units)
LAW 623 - Conflicts of Law (3 units)
Law 659 - International Human Rights (3 units)
LAW 696I - International Environmental Law (3 units)
Law 616 - Business Organization (3 units)
Law 621A - Administrative Law (3 units)
Law 641 - Water Law (3 units)
LAW 612 - Family Law (3 units)
LAW 638A - Real Estate Transactions (3 units)
LAW 615 - Constitutional Law II (3 units)
LAW 615D - Equal Protection (3 units)
Law 633C - Secured Transactions (3 units)
Law 655R - Intellectual Property Law (3 units)
LAW 696A - Estate Planning (2 units)
Law 696C-010 - Pascua Yaqui Human Rights Projects (2-6 units)
Law 697D - International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop Law (2 units)
Law 696C-011 - Tribal Justice Clinic (2-6 units)
Law 631D - Rebuilding Native Nations: An Introduction (1 unit)
Law 579A - Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Under International Law (1 unit)
Law 631P - Indigenous Data Sovereignty (1 unit)
Law 631M - Comparative Legal Systems and Their Role in Nation Building (1 unit)
Law 631K - The Evidence for Native Nation Building (1 unit)
Law 631L - Constitutions of Indigenous Nations (1 unit)
Law 631O - Creating Indigenous Entrepreneurs (1 unit)
Law 656B - Comparative Indigenous Governance (1 unit)
Law 656A - Intergovernmental Relations (1 unit)
Law 525 - Native Economic Development (1 unit)
Law 631J - Making Change Happen (1 unit)
Law 631Q - Business Ethics and Indigenous Values (1 unit)
Law 631T - Tribal Business Law (1 unit)
LAW 631U - Indigenous Research Governance (1 unit)
LAW 631S - Indigenous Peoples and the Environment (1 unit)
Law 631I - Indigenous Organizations (1 unit)
Law 656F - Cultural Property of Indigenous Peoples (1 unit)
LAW 699 - Independent Study (1-3 units)
LAW 693 – Externship (1-6 units)
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.