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Legal Practicum: Indian Law 795-2I

November 04, 2015

Enrollment is limited to 4 students


Course Description


Description:  This course provides students an opportunity to combine classroom time with the practical application of various aspects of Indian Law.  Students in field placements will spend the first week of the course in class focusing on cultural, political, and jurisdictional aspects of issues affecting the Native community.  Students will then be placed with firms who represent local tribes on matters involving Federal Indian Law and Tribal Law.  The issues are wide ranging and include tribal sovereignty and governance, treaty water rights, natural resource management, land transactions and trust issues; juvenile dependency, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) issues; economic development, and employment matters; and implementation of the federal tribal housing assistance program (NAHASDA).  Students are expected to work in their placements at least 10 hours per week.  Students will meet weekly in a 2-hour class to discuss Indian Law issues and the issues related to their placement. 


Requirements:  Federal Indian Law is a prerequisite course.  Preference will be given to those students with a demonstrated interest in Indian law.  While not required, prior coursework or experience in business law, employment law, and/or environmental and natural resources law are desirable.  The student must possess the ability to work independently and produce high quality work on a deadline. 


Application procedure:  Please submit a letter of interest, an unofficial transcript, a resume, and writing sample either by email or by hard copy to Western Resources Legal Center, Caroline Lobdell, Executive Director, 5100 SW Macadam Ave, Suite 340, Portland, OR 97239.  Your application must include your name, contact information, year in law school, and a letter of interest.  For conflict check purposes, each candidate must also specify work (paid or unpaid) or any other clinics being applied to that may pose a conflict.


The American Bar Association accreditation standards require students to regularly attend the courses in which they are registered. Lewis & Clark expects students to attend classes regularly and to prepare for classes conscientiously. Specific attendance requirements may vary from course to course. Any attendance guidelines for a given class must be provided to students in a syllabus or other written document at the start of the semester. Sanctions (e.g., required withdrawal from the course, grade adjustment, and/or a failing grade) will be imposed for poor attendance.


For more information:

Adjunct Professors: Todd Albert and Caroline Lobdell
Credits: 4
Class Meets: On each Tueday; July 5 - August 4th
Time:  6:45pm - 8:45pm
Room: Tuesday July 5, class will meet in the Wood Hall Library Conference Room. Remaining meeting dates, the class will meet in Lezak.
Exam:  TBD
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