Through clinical programs led by eminent faculty, the Native Nations Law & Policy Center addresses critical public policy issues facing Native tribes while offering students invaluable opportunities for legal training. Our Tribal Legal Development Clinic serves Native American communities directly, providing legal expertise and support to those most in need, while students engage with tribal leaders, officers and attorney to contribute services to Indian tribes. A joint J.D./M.A. degree in American Indian Studies offers an integrated study program to produce law graduates with a rich understanding of tribal cultures. Additionally, The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria has established the Graton Scholarship, which provides a three-year, full tuition scholarship to students interested in pursuing legal careers in Native American law.
Supporting Native Nations
Addressing critical public policy issues facing Native tribes through timely programs.
Developing publications that focus on critical issues facing Indigenous Peoples.
Offering law students the unique experience to work directly with tribal leaders, officers, and attorneys to offer direct services to Indian tribes.
Creating relevant courses for delivery to Native community members and UCLA students interested in American Indian Studies.
Who We Are
Summer Law Clerk Opportunities With TLDC
The UCLA Law Tribal Legal Development Clinic is hiring summer law clerks for Summer 2022. We are currently recruiting incoming 2L and 3L students. Learn more and apply here.
The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria has established the Graton Scholarship, which provides a three-year, full tuition scholarship to students interested in pursuing legal careers in Native American law. The inaugural cohort of Graton scholars will also receive $10,000 a year to defray living expenses in addition to tuition.
More information about the Graton Scholarship.
Native American Law Students Association
The Native Nations Law and Policy Center works closely with the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA). NALSA provides a support network for Native American law students and creates a base from which work can be done for the advancement of Native peoples.
Joint Degree in Law and American Indian Studies
UCLA's J.D./M.A. American Indian Studies joint degree program is designed to produce law graduates who have a rich understanding of tribal cultures that will deepen their legal knowledge, facilitate their practice in the field of Indian law, and enhance their service to Indian nations.
For more details, visit Joint Degree in Law and American Indian Studies.