Feb 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Indian Law Certificate

Program Overview

This program provides graduates with a tangible credential that will assist those working in-house for tribes, at firms that serve tribes, and at government agencies, as well as in related areas. The certificate will enable law graduates to demonstrate competency in federal Indian law and tribal law to potential employers and will give new graduates a strong foundation in those areas.

DELIVERY: On campus 

Certificate Requirements - 12 Credit Hours Required

  • 1-4 cr (4 credit hours required)
  • 1-2 cr (2 credit hours required)
  • 2-3 cr (2 credit hours required) *
  • 1-4 cr (3 credit hours required)
  • 1-3 cr in Tribal Wills [I or II] (1 credit hour required)

    * Note: If a student has difficulty fitting Indian Gaming & Economic Development into their schedule or it is not offered, the student could seek permission to substitute Federal Courts and the Federal System (LAW 808), Administrative Law (LAW 805), or an Indian-Law-focused Topics (LAW 892) course, although the preference would be for them to take LAW 849 Indian Gaming & Economic Development if at all possible.

Application Requirements

This program is only available to students enrolled at the Knudson School of Law. Students must meet all admission requirements to the JD program.

Click here  to find admissions information.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


Professor Ann Tweedy, 605-658-3500, Ann.Tweedy@usd.edu
Law School Admissions, 605-658-3505, law@usd.edu