Summer American Indian & Indigenous Law

June 3 - August 2, 2019

Spend the summer in beautiful Missoula, Montana studying Indian Law! The School of Law invites you to participate in the 12th annual Summer American Indian and Indigenous Law Program, June 3 - August 2, 2019. This year we will be offering eight 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 eight courses or take them all. Courses will be offered for law credit (for matriculated law students) and cross-listed for graduate credit. Each course has been approved for 13.75 CLE credits by the Montana CLE Commission.

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 yields 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 week's course is required for full CLE credit. A flat fee of $650 will apply to each course. Register as a CLE attendee here.

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.

2019 Course Schedule

June 3-7: Introduction to American Indian Law I: Indian Law Research (Online), Professor Stacey Gordon Sterling, Blewett School of Law, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
June 10-14: Introduction to American Indian Law II: Mastering American Indian Law, Professor Maylinn Smith, Blewett School of Law, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
June 17-21: Civil Regulatory and Adjudicatory Jurisdiction in Indian Country, Paul Spruhan, Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Window Rock, AZ
June 24-28: American Indian Property Law: The Story of Cobell, Professor Alex Pearl, Director, Center for Water Law and Policy, Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, TX
July 1-5: NO CLASS
July 8-12: Criminal Justice in Indian Country, Professor Jordan Gross, Blewett School of Law, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 
July 15-19:
Social Justice Issues in Indian Country: Indian Education Law, Professor Maylinn Smith, Blewett School of Law, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
July 22-26: Indigenous Cultural Protection and Preservation: Cultural Rights of Indigenous People, Regents’ Professor Rebecca Tsosie, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, AZ
July 29-August 2: Social Justice Issues in Indian Country: Supreme Court Jurisprudence and Indian Country, Professor Matthew Fletcher, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

View the detailed course schedule.

Summer Housing at the University of Montana

Stay on campus for a bargain! Summer Housing applications are available below. Campus housing for the summer goes for a nightly rate of $23.00 double room / $35.00 single room. A housing application and payment are due eight days prior to the arrival date.