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Law (SJD) - Indigenous Peoples Law&Policy 
Program Description

The SJD offers candidates an intellectually challenging opportunity for academic specialization. Candidates for the SJD conduct research and produce original scholarship under the guidance of IPLP’s internationally renowned faculty. SJD applicants must be JD graduates of an ABA approved law school in the United States, or possess the first law degree from a foreign law school approved by the government or other accredited authority in the nation in which it is located. A completed LLM or foreign equivalent is also required. Applicants for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate fluency in English (TOEFL 100iBT; IELTS 7.5 with no subsection under 7.0).



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Founded in 1915, the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law is the oldest law school in the state of Arizona and one of the premier public law schools in the United States. Arizona Law is known for its academic rigor, small class sizes, collegiality, and sense of community. We put students at the center by providing an intensive, individualized learning experience that trains ethical and effective lawyers and leaders. Our students have the opportunity to study with nationally recognized scholars, and to put their knowledge to use far beyond the lecture hall and the library with a wide variety of hands-on learning opportunities. 

College of Law  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Graduate Program Coordinator
Director of Graduate Studies
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Tuition and Fees
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Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

SJD applicants must be JD graduates of an ABA approved law school in the United States, or possess the first law degree from a foreign law school approved by the government or other accredited authority in the nation in which it is located. A completed LLM or foreign equivalent is also required. Applicants for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate fluency in English (TOEFL 100iBT; IELTS 7.5 with no subsection under 7.0).

In addition to completion of the online application, prospective students should submit:

  • For international students whose first language is not English, an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL 100iBT; IELTS 7.5 with no subsection under 7.0).
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary educational institutions previously attended.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A 2-3 page personal statement outlining your experience and accomplishments in the field of indigenous law and policy. Please include copies of any relevant publications. The IPLP Program is particularly interested in students who, by virtue of their background and experience, will bring diverse interests and perspectives to the graduate program.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A 2-3 page dissertation proposal.

The annual application deadline is April 1 for the Fall Semester and October 1 for the Spring Semester. Earlier applications are strongly encouraged. The Admissions Committee will not consider applications until all required information has been received.

Please note: Our experience with respect to student immigration matters confirms the importance of the posted deadlines, as international students can experience a lengthier admissions process due to changing immigration regulations. International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible to avoid delays in the immigration paperwork process.

Candidates who accept the offer of admissions are required to pay a non-refundable US $250.00 seat deposit. This deposit will be credited to your tuition account, minus any administrative fees. All students born after December 31, 1956, are required by UA to verify measles/rubella immunity. Important details pertaining to proof of immunization can be obtained from the UA Campus Health Care website ( Without proof of measles/rubella immunity on file with Campus Health Services, students will not be permitted to register for classes. 

Standardized Tests

English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all international applicants whose native language is not English. Any of the following tests are accepted as proof of English Proficiency:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score of 100 internet based (iBT).
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum composite score of 7.5 (no subject area below a 7)

Applicants submitting TOEFL scores may request that Educatoinal Testing Service (ETS) send an official TOEFL score report directly to The University of Arizona. Contact ETS's TOEFL Services to request the submission of your score report. The University of Arizona institution code is 4832.

Results from the IELTS test will be sent to the addresses of the academic institutions provided by the candidate on their application form. The address for Graduate Admissions at The University of Arizona is:

The University of Arizona
Graduate College Admissions
Administration Bldg. Room 322
P.O. Box 210066
Tucson, Arizona 85721

An international student's application is not admissible until acceptable scores are received by the Graduate College Admissions Office. The test date must be within two years of the intended term of enrollment to be considered valid.

Exempt from submitting English proficiency scores are:

  • Applicants whose native language is English.
  • Applicants who have completed two years of full time academic study in the United States, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or other official English speaking countries at an accredited institution, culminating in the receipt of a bachelors or graduate degree that is awarded within two years of the term of enrollment. Students must have 48 graded, semester hours of upper division, undergraduate work or 30 graded, semester hours of graduate work.
    • Note: If the student has been residing outside the English speaking country for more than 2 years since completing studies and earning a degree, he or she will be required to submit current TOEFL or IELTS scores as part of the admissions process.
Financial Aid

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.

Financial Aid

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 ( 

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

Scholarships & Fellowships

Because University and College or 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 ( Additionally, the International Student Office provides information on financial aid resources for international students (

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a full-time, two semester year in residency and and finish a minimum of 24 credits. Students in the program are required to successfully complete Federal Indian Law and International Peoples 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. After the year in residency, students have a maximum of three years to complete their research, writing, and oral defense.

Minor Requirements


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Last revised 05 Oct 2015