American Indian Law Certificate Program

Colorado Law  offers an American Indian Law Certificate demonstrating the completion of a  concentrated course of study in the legal issues facing Native peoples and American Indian tribes. This Certificate is attractive to  legal, tribal, and governmental employers, as well as employers seeking to do  business with tribes and tribal members.

Certificate requirements include: (1) at least 92 credit hours (89 is required for the  J.D.), and (2) at least 18 of the 92 credit hours in designated Indian law and  related courses. Visit Rules of the Law School for complete details. 

To register for the American Indian Law Certificate, please complete the following steps: 

(1) Consult with the Director of the American Indian Law Program (Professor Kristen Carpenter) about your planned selection of courses; 

(2) Complete the registration form when registering for your second year of law school. Please indicate the classes you plan to take for the Certificate. You are not bound to the plan you submit, and there is no penalty (other than not receiving the Certificate) for failing to complete the program;

Note: We strongly encourage submitting this form when you register for your second year. It helps both you and us to plan for your successful completion of the program. However, you can still receive the Certificate if you submit this form late but complete the required coursework.

(3) By January 20th of your 3L year, confirm that you will earn the Certificate by re-submitting the form with updated information.

Course Requirements:

Required courses after the first year (14 credits):

Remaining (4) credits may be earned from the following:

From the American Indian Law Curriculum

From the Environment and Natural Resources Law Curriculum

From the Government and Public Law Curriculum

From the Litigation, Negotiation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Curriculum 

From the Business & Commercial Law Curriculum

From the International and Comparative Law Curriculum

From the Labor & Employment Curriculum

From the Property, Trusts and Estates & Land Use Curriculum

From the Family & Juvenile Justice Curriculum

From the Legal Theory, Jurisprudence, and Social Policy Curriculum

From the Research & Writing Curriculum

From the Intellectual Property, Technology, and Telecommunications Curriculum


  • Other classes that may be approved by the AILP Directors and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.