Native American Institute of Law and Sovereignty



“The practical skills and knowledge you learn to
Mitchell Hamline will assist you in your practice of Indian law.
You will be ahead of the curve.
Lenor A. Scheffler ’88 (Lower Sioux)
Former administrator Mitchell Hamline

Specialization in Native American Law

Mitchell Hamline’s Native American Law and Sovereignty (NALS) Institute emphasizes hands-on legal education.

The Native American Law and Sovereignty Institute is unique as a law school legal program. The NALS Institute has the dual objective of pursuing legal training in the field of Native American law and of recruiting, supporting, retaining and graduating students of Native American law. In addition, we maintain a close connection with the indigenous peoples of this region and the sovereign tribal nations of Minnesota. Contributing to the strength of the law school in various ways, the Institute is also committed to highlighting and supporting Indigenous cultural and traditional legal principles that our Indigenous faculty and students bring to the law school.

We will work with you to create a study program tailored to your specific interests and career goals. You can choose from one of Mitchell Hamline’s enrollment options: study full-time, part-time, on campus, or partially online. The Native Justice scholarships ensure that recipients will pay no more than $ 40,000 for their JD (excluding summer and J-Term courses). Prorated scholarship amounts are available for summer and J-Term.

Individual support adapted to your objectives

Our program is unique in that our teachers provide students with a high degree of individual attention. The faculty guides students through a specialized track including introductory courses such as Native American Law and Introductory Tribal Law. Advanced courses cover topics such as Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), tribal games, treaty rights, and cultural resources. Students can participate in national moot court competitions and participate in clinics that offer concrete contributions to society and the law.

Learn from Native American scholars and legal practitioners

Our law professors bring a wide range of experiences to the practice of law.

Professor EagleWoman’s experience includes serving as General Counsel for her own tribal nation, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, solo practice representing tribal individuals, working in a DC, and two Oklahoma law firms representing the tribal nations, and as a trial judge and appellate judge.

Additionally, the Native American Law and Sovereignty Institute proudly invites a number of renowned academics and practitioners to teach during J-Term and summer sessions. Last summer we had the honor of offering a course on Indian Child Welfare Law taught by Judge Anne McKeig ’92.

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The NALS Institute has been officially on social media since Spring 2021. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for information on upcoming events and other exciting news!



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