Native American Law Programs
Located in the heart of the original Indian Territory, the University of Oklahoma College of Law provides an ideal environment for the study of Native American law and issues concerning indigenous peoples. Oklahoma contains nearly forty tribal nations and the second largest Native American population in the United States. Given their presence and the history of the region, Indian law affects virtually all areas of legal practice, making it a vibrant and growing field.
At OU, Federal Indian law is integrated into the curriculum, rather than being an isolated specialty. Approximately half of all juris doctor students take an Indian law class while at OU Law, making the Native American Law Program one of the college’s primary areas of study. Oklahoma students recognize that Indian law issues may affect every area of practice, from administrative law to zoning law, particularly common areas like contracts, property, family, personal injury, and environmental law. The Native American law program prepares students for local or international practice through a range of educational opportunities.
OU Law offers students the opportunity to specialize in indigenous peoples law through a variety of programs including the juris doctor certificate for law students; Master of Legal Studies degree for lawyers and non-lawyers alike; and Master of Laws degree for law school graduates.
The Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy
OU Law is home to the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy, which provides counsel to tribal, state and national policymakers and a forum for the interdisciplinary discussion and resolution of problems facing native communities. The Center offers various speaker programs throughout the year as well as the Native American Law Certificate and the Latin American Fellows Program. The Center was founded in 1990 by Dr. Rennard Strickland. Professor Lindsay Robertson is the faculty director, and Professor Taiawagi Helton is the associate director.