Summer American Indian & Indigenous Law

June 4 - August 3, 2018

Spend the summer in beautiful Missoula, Montana studying Indian Law! The School of Law invites you to participate in the 11th annual Summer American Indian and Indigenous Law Program, June 4 - August 3, 2018. This year we will be offering nine courses taught by a faculty comprised of expert Indian law scholars and practitioners from around the country. Participants in the program may choose from any of the nine courses or take them all. Courses will be offered for law credit (for matriculated law students) and cross-listed for graduate credit. CLE credits will also be available.

Registration Information

School of Law and Graduate Students

Current law and graduate students at the University of Montana may register for courses as they normally would through cyberbear. Program courses are offered through the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning (SELL) at the University of Montana. A flat fee of $650/credit will apply to each course. Students must take at least six credits to qualify for financial aid in the summer term. In addition, tuition waivers may not apply to the fees for summer courses.

Visiting Students

Law students currently enrolled at other institutions should contact Sarah Pepe, Director of Admissions, at or (406) 243-2396 for enrollment and registration information. A summer application for admission will need to be submitted.

Registration for CLE Credit

Each course has been approved for 13.75 Montana CLE credits. Names of those attending for CLE credit will be submitted to the State Bar of Montana. Attendance at all sessions of the course is required for full CLE credit.

Prerequisite Standards

Law students taking a course other than Indian Law Research or Mastering Indian Law must have taken a foundational or basic course in Federal Indian or Tribal Law or must also be taking Mastering Indian Law this summer. The Director of the Program may waive this standard upon a showing of good cause such as significant prior experience in Indian or tribal law or similar qualifications.

2018 Course Schedule

June 4-8: Indian Law Research (Online), Professor Stacey Gordon Sterling, Blewett School of Law, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
June 11-15: Mastering American Indian Law, Professor Maylinn Smith, Blewett School of Law, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
June 18-22: American Indian Children and the Law, Professor Kate Fort, Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, MI
June 25-29: Designing Effective Governmental Regulations, Danna Jackson, Chief Legal Counsel, Montana Department of Natural Resource & Conservation, Helena, MT, and Public Administration Professor Sara Rinfret, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
July 2-6: Alaska Native Law and Policy, Matt Newman, Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund, Anchorage, AK
July 9-13: Native Hawaiian Law, Professor Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie, William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, HI
July 16-20: Water Law in Indian Country, FACULTY UPDATE: Kenneth Pitt, Chief Appellate Judge, Crow Tribal Court, Crow Agency, MT 
July 23-27: Indigenous Peoples in International Law, Professor Kristen Carpenter, University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, CO
July 30-August 3Public Policy and the Tribes, Public Administration Professor Adam Brewer, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

View the detailed course schedule.