Field Course

Two Medicine Lake, photo by Dan SpencerTraverse the culture, geography, and law of the Flathead and Badger-Two-Medicine watersheds with this annual summer field course, operated in partnership with the Freeflow Institute. Participants in “The Law of People and Place: Crown of the Continent” will experience a seven-day outdoor adventure camping beneath the Missions and along the Rocky Mountain Front, plus float the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, all while learning about natural resources and Indian law in the context of an iconic western landscape. See more on the Summer Indian Law courses page.

Register early because space is limited to 12 students. Registration is also subject to instructor approval, based on review of the applicant’s essay (not more than 500 words) describing his/her interest in the course.

The projected fee of $1,370 (including a non-refundable $500 deposit) includes the class and associated academic credits as well as food, transportation, and guides. Additional student funding may further reduce this fee, as fundraising efforts are currently underway. The Northern Rockies Indigenous Student Scholarship is available for qualifying students.

Attorney participation in this field course may be available, depending on the number of qualifying students, at a projected rate of $1,850. CLE credits have not yet been calculated for the course. Last year attorneys earned 9.0 CLE credits.

For details on the trip itinerary and other logistical information, please visit the Freeflow Institute Trip Overview page.

To apply for this field course, send a statement of interest to, and you will be provided with a link to submit your essay. Please apply by May 15, 2021. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

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.

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.

Visiting Students

In order to participate in the Summer Indian Law Program, a law student currently enrolled at another institution must fill out a summer application for admission. Our admissions office processes these applications and notifies each student of their status. Admitted students will be automatically notified when summer registration opens and instructed how to enroll in Summer Indian Law Program courses.

For questions about enrolloment and registration, contact the Blewett School of Law Admissions Office at or (406) 243-6169.

Continuing Legal Education

Pending approval by the Montana CLE Commission, each course will yield 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. There is a flat fee of $650 for each course except the new field course. Register on Eventbrite.