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Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy

Master of Laws (LLM)


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 24
Cost Per Credit: $700
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Program Details

Through rigorous research and advocacy work, you will become a specialist in the complex issues facing Indigenous peoples today. In this degree program you will gain proficiency in fields like federal Indian law, Indigenous peoples’ human rights advocacy, environmental law, Indigenous community and economic development, the protection of cultural and natural resources, and critical race theory and practice.

Program faculty engage students in human rights advocacy projects and litigation on behalf of Indigenous peoples. Faculty and students have represented the Rio Yaqui of Mexico, Maya of Belize, the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group of Canada, and other Indigenous and tribal communities in human rights cases and petitions with far-ranging, international reach and impact.

For students interested in academic careers, this program allows you to conduct pioneering research under the guidance of leading scholars within their respective fields.

The IPLP online LLM degree program has closed applications for admission during the 2024-25 academic year and will also not be accepting applications during the 2024-25 academic year for the entering class beginning in Fall 2025.

The Master of Laws (LLM) degree at the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program allows students who have completed a Juris Doctor or LL.B. the opportunity to specialize in federal Indian law, tribal law and policy, and Indigenous peoples’ human rights through a full-time or part-time program requiring 24 credit hours of coursework.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The curriculum for this program includes:

LAW 527: International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples
LAW550A: Native American Law and Policy
LAW540A: Introduction to Human Rights Law



Earning your Master of Laws (LLM) in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy will build core skills, including:

  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Human rights advocacy
  • Judgement
  • Legal discourse
  • Legal reasoning
  • Legal research
  • Legal writing
  • Networking
  • Oral communication
  • Organizational skills
  • Problem solving
  • Written communication

Graduates of the Master of Laws degree at the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

  • Tribal In-House Attorney
  • Attorney at Private Law Firm
  • Attorney at Public Interest NGO
  • Tribal Council Policy Analyst
  • UN Policy Analyst
  • Attorney at Inter-American Commission on Human Rights