The Indian Legal Program was established in 1988 to provide legal education, generate scholarship in the area of Indian law, and to undertake public service to tribal governments. The Indian Legal Program trains students to effectively engage the representation of Native peoples and seeks to promote an understanding of the differences between the legal systems of Indian Nations and those of the state and federal governments. Today, the Indian Legal Program has become one of the best in the nation, and graduates of the ILP are working at all levels of tribal, state and federal government, as well as in private practice. The ILP provides a unique set of academic and clinical opportunities for students and is committed to maintaining strong partnerships with American Indian Nations and other native governments and organizations.
The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, renamed for the retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice in 2006, is pursuing a bold and transformative model for public legal education and is dedicated to making the law school a valuable resource for addressing major regional, national and international problems of law and public policy. Ranked as the leading law school in Arizona, the College of Law houses three Centers, all of which are considered top national programs. It boasts an Indian Legal Program that is arguably the best in the nation, the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, the oldest, largest and by far the most comprehensive law and science center in the country; and the Center for Law and Global Affairs, which supports and inspires research, education and practice in new forms of transnational public-private governance and is ranked among the top programs in the nation for international law. In addition, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law has recently created the North American Law DegreeTM, a unique J.D. that will prepare students to seek bar admission in the United States and Canada. Beyond the traditional J.D., the College offers several concurrent degrees, including a J.D./M.D. program with the Mayo Medical School, a J.D./M.B.A. with the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU, a J.D./Ph.D. in Law and Psychology with the ASU Department of Psychology, a J.D./Ph.D. in Justice Studies with the ASU School of Social Transformation’s Justice and Social Inquiry Program, and a J.D./M.S.W. with the School of Social Work in the College of Public Programs. It also offers graduate degrees in Biotechnology and Genomics, in Tribal Policy, Law and Government, as well as a customized LL.M. program with options for focus including Global Legal Studies, and Public Health Law and Policy, and the North American Law Degree (Canadian Law). A Master of Legal Studies program gives non-lawyers an opportunity to develop needed legal skills to help students advance in their professional careers.
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Indian Legal Program Executive Director