- The Clinic is part of Colorado Law’s American Indian Law Program
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- Mission and Clients
- Type of Legal Assistance
The American Indian Law Clinic, established in 1992 as one of the first of its kind, represents individuals, Indian tribes and tribal entities in in a variety of settings involving federal Indian law and involving the law and legal systems in Indian County, as well as work with the United Nations.
During this yearlong course, students receive classroom instruction and hands-on experience regarding Indian law issues, focused primarily on projects that have a uniquely Indian law dimension. “Uniquely Indian law” issues are addressed by that body of law that concerns the status of Indian tribes and regulates the legal relationship between them, the federal government, the states and their citizens—commonly known as federal Indian law. All cases accepted and projects undertaken by the Clinic involve issues of Indian law or the law of a particular tribe. Student attorneys handle cases under the supervision of a licensed attorney, the American Indian Law Clinic Director.
Colorado Law students provide valuable legal advocacy research, writing, and education to individuals, the tribal courts, and tribal communities. Work includes some court-based projects and some transactional projects, as well as a travel in Indian Country and to the UN in New York.
The American Indian Law Clinic seeks out opportunities to expand its legal services to the Native American community in critical areas.