The Law of People and Place: The Missouri River Breaks Field Course

Hiking along Missouri

We are moving forward with the field course and hopeful that we will still be able to offer it this summer, so interested students should still apply. At this time the University has not canceled July field courses.

Register early because space is limited to 12 students. Registration is subject to instructor approval, based on review of the applicant’s essay describing his/her interest in the course.

The projected fee of $1,325 includes the $500 deposit, 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. At this point in time the field course is not canceled. Should social distancing requirements remain in place for the dates of this course, we plan to deliver the course in an online format, covering the same course topics and themes virtually, with featured public lands and tribal guests. The $500 deposit will be refunded if the course is cancelled or converted to an online course due to COVID-19. Otherwise, the deposit is non-refundable.

Attorney participation in this field course may be available, depending on the number of qualifying students. CLE credits have not yet been calculated for the course, and the fee for CLE participants has yet to be determined.

To apply for this field course, send a statement of interest to, and you will be provided with a link to submit your essay of not not more than 500 words. 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

Law students currently enrolled at other institutions should contact the law school Admissions Office at or (406) 243-2396 for enrollment and registration information. A summer application for admission will need to be submitted.

Continuing Legal Education

Approved 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.