- Tribal Legal Studies Courses
- Friday, Sept. 26, Is Last Day to
journalists, legal professionals, and government officials have a new
way to learn about American Indian law: online.
fall, UCLA Extension, a leading provider of online education, is
offering three Web-based courses as part of its Tribal Legal Studies
series. These online classes let anyone anywhere explore tribal
law and legal systems at their convenience. Nothing is required
except a personal computer with an Internet connection.
- Tribal Legal Studies is
an evolving series of professional development courses. These
courses highlight the federal, state, and tribal legal issues that
affect American Indian and Alaska Native populations. The series
is presented by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center and the Tribal
Law and Policy Institute as part of their Project Peacemaker.
three fall courses are:
Introduction to Tribal Legal
Studies. This course
provides a broad overview of the most important issues in tribal law,
including the development and operation of tribal governments and court
systems. The course examines tribal common law and how it
incorporates traditional dispute resolution methods such as peacemaking
Legal Research, Analysis, and
Writing in a Tribal Context. This
course explains legal research and analysis and offers extensive
practice exercises on American Indian and Alaska Native issues.
Students learn how to conduct research and analysis in a law library and
online, using the Tribal Court
Clearinghouse, Lexis/Nexis, and other
Federal Indian Law and
Policy. This course
surveys the history of federal Indian law and policy, from European
contact to the present. It introduces students to the basic
concepts of federal powers, trust responsibility, and state authority
under federal Indian law. Students also address contemporary
issues such as attacks on tribal sovereignty and tribal movements toward
Legal Studies is an innovative educational program designed to demystify
the challenging field of tribal law and policy. The instruction is
enjoyable as well as informative, with a mix of audio and video
presentations, Web-based research, and interaction via e-mail, chat
rooms, and online blackboards.
10-week courses require about 40 hours of online activity and an equal
amount of offline research and writing. Students can work at their
own pace in the office or at home. Grades and college or
continuing education credits are awarded upon completion.
courses are appropriate for legal students and paralegals, journalists
and analysts who write about Native issues, and professionals in tribal
governments and Native organizations who wish to understand the law
better. Non-Native lawyers who want to learn more about the
complexities of tribal law will benefit also.
- The cost is $515 per
class. The last day of registration is Friday, Sept. 26. For
more information or to enroll, visit UCLA Extension or call (310) 206-6671.