Indigenous Law: Additional Learning Opportunities

Learning the Law at Michigan State University

The legal education program at Michigan State University College of Law offers an intellectually challenging curriculum that draws on the rich and diverse resources of the university.

At MSU College of Law, the legal education curriculum marries theory with practice. The Law College teaches both knowledge- and skills-based capacities so that you are ready to practice law upon graduation and have the theoretical basis for lifelong learning. You may even choose to specialize in an area of law that interests you.


Concentrations and Certificate Programs

Michigan State University College of Law offers a variety of concentrations and certificate programs that allow you to specialize in an area of law, in addition to your American Indian studies.

Concentrations include: Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Environmental & Natural Resources Law, Family Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property & Communications Law, International & Comparative Law, and Taxation Law.

Certificate Programs include: The Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Program and Child & Family Advocacy Program and the Indigenous Law Certificate Program.

Affiliated Organizations or MSU American Indian/Native American Community

Numerous American Indian/Native American organizations and programs exist on MSU’s campus to support and enhance the educational opportunities and experience of Native and non-native students.

The American Indian/Native American organizations on MSU’s campus are:

  • Native American Law Student Association (NALSA)
  • American Indian Studies Program (AISP)
  • Native American Institute
  • Nokomis Learning Center dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the history, arts, and culture of the Anishnaabe people.
  • EAGLE (Educating Anishnaabe: Giving, Learning, and Empowering), the American Indian/Native American Faculty and Staff Association of MSU
  • North American Indigenous Faculty & Staff Association (NAIFSA)
  • North American Indigenous Student Organization (NAISO)
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • Michigan State University Pow-Wow
  • AANII Program (AANII, in the Anishnaabemowin is a common greeting for "hello"), designed to assist incoming and ongoing American Indian/Native American students in overcoming the rigors of MSU’s academic environment
  • Native American and Hispanic Business Students Association (NAHBS)
  • Native American Student Aides in residence hall life through the Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions
  • Anishnaabemowin (Ojibwe) Language Program

There is a very strong American Indian Studies Program at MSU, and you are encouraged to take graduate courses in other MSU departments. MSU also offers lessons in the Ojibwa language.