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Indigenous Peoples Law MLS


Indigenous Peoples Law, MLS


Master of Legal Studies (MLS)




$749/$1,197 CREDIT HOUR




Curriculum developed by OU faculty and degree awarded from the

College of Law


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MLS Program

The M.L.S. in Indigenous Peoples Law is an online, 33-credit hour graduate degree that can be completed in 15 months. This program offers a strong foundation in Native American Law for non-lawyers who deal with contracts, negotiations or any other issues that demand knowledge of Native American policy, regulation or business practice.

The OU College of Law Master of Legal Studies in Indigenous Peoples Law is a 33 credit hour program which can be completed in 15 months. The suggested sequence is below:

Course sequence:

   Introduction to the American Legal System 

    History of Federal Indian Law & Policy – Part I

    History of Federal Indian Law & Policy – Part II

    Native American Natural Resources

    Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country

    Legal Research in Indian Country

    Religion, Culture & Indian Law

    The Indian Child Welfare Act & Family Law in Indian Country

    Tribal Courts

    International Indigenous Peoples Law

    Federal Indian Water Law

    Indian Gaming Laws & Regulation

    Civil Regulatory Jurisdiction in Indian Country


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Admission Deadline:

    Rolling Admissions

Program Start Terms:

    Fall, Spring and Summer



Lead in Today's World

Oklahoma contains nearly forty tribal nations and the second largest Native American population in the United States, making the OU's College of Law an ideal environment for the study of Native American law. OU Law is also home to the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy, which provides counsel to tribal governments and does legal research in this area.


Academic Excellence

Students are organized into cohorts with whom they will take all of their classes throughout the program. This allows students to collaborate and share their points of view, providing a richer experience for all. Additionally, OU Law staff work closely with each student to promote a successful learning environment.


Faculty Expertise

Through the work and the expertise of its faculty, OU Law has long led the country in legal education related to Native American law. Students in the program are taught by OU Law faculty and adjunct faculty carefully selected for their expertise in American Indian, Native American and Indigenous Peoples law.


An Investment in Your Future

The online M.L.S. program is an investment in each student’s future, and OU makes every effort to see that each qualified candidate is able to attend. Current students use many types of financing to cover their expenses such as Financial Aid. To learn more, please fill out the form above to speak with one of our enrollment counselors.

In-state tuition is $524.00 per credit hour, out-of-state tuition is $918.50 per credit hour. In addition, there are mandatory fees of $186 per credit hour and a once-a-semester fee of $101.50.

Program Details

The online M.L.S. degree is a selective programs aimed to educate the leading legal experts and lawyers. To get started, follow these steps:


Contact an Enrollment Counselor to discuss your qualifications and interest in the program.


Fill out your application here.


Provide your supplemental materials, including resume, personal statement, and undergraduate transcripts.

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before the start of classes. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks from the time a completed application is submitted.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form above and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

In general, University Tuition Waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs or courses. This includes, but is not limited to, Graduate Assistant Tuition Waivers and faculty/staff waivers. 

If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please contact the Online Aid office by emailing or calling at 405-325-2929.

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Program Contacts:

Enrollment Counselor:

(405) 561-2672

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Christine Young
Graduate Programs Coordinator