About NALC

The University of Tulsa's Native American Law Center is training the lawyers, leaders, and teachers of today and tomorrow.

Established as a center in 2000, NALC builds on the Native American Law Certificate Program established in 1990. The Center's mission is to provide resources for the study and teaching of legal issues concerning Indian tribes and other indigenous peoples worldwide.

Why choose the University of Tulsa as the place to study Indian law?  Because we can offer you:


The University of Tulsa has a long historical tradition in Indian law, as is evidenced by the fact that the University's library is the repository for the personal papers of Samuel Worcester (of Worcester v. Georgia fame). The TU College of Law was the first law school to offer a certificate program in Indian law, and continues to be at the forefront of the field with its LL.M. in American Indian and Indigenous Law. These programs signify to the world that we are a center for research and learning in Indian law and that the alumni of our certificate program possess special knowledge and skills in this area.

In keeping with this tradition, we offer a number of specialized classes.  In addition to the basic Federal Indian Law course, we offer such annual courses as Native American Natural Resources Law, Tribal Government, Native American and Indigenous Rights, Indian Gaming Law, and the American Indian Law Seminar.


In the field of Indian law, the College of Law enjoys wide recognition as providing one of the finest educations in the country. The Native American Law Certificate program was described by Red Ink (Spring 1995) as one of "The Best Law Schools for the Study of Indian Law."


The Native American Law Certificate enjoys widespread institutional and faculty support. In addition to the Center Directors, a number of other faculty members incorporate Indian law issues into their other courses. The extent of TU's commitment to Indian law scholarship is indicated by the bibliography of works published by our faculty and students.


The College of Law is a natural setting for the Native American Law Center. More than 35 federally recognized tribes are headquartered in Oklahoma. About half the tribes, including the Osage Nation and the Five Tribes, are within a reasonable driving distance of Tulsa, offering unparalleled opportunities for student externships.


Students enjoy small classes, considerable student-faculty interaction, and extensive opportunities to work with nearby tribal governments. The College of Law has an active chapter of the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA). NALSA students participate in the National NALSA moot court competition, are involved in numerous community activities, and travel to the Federal Bar Association's Indian Law Conference, which also includes a job fair and the National NALSA meeting.


Many of our graduates go on to specialize in the practice of Indian law, working for tribal governments, tribal courts, federal agencies, law firms, and as sole practitioners. And nothing demonstrates the national recognition of our Indian law program more effectively than the fact that other universities are hiring our degree- and certificate-holders to teach Indian law!