The certificate offering will also aid the law school in attracting prospective students who are often evaluating different schools based on their Indian law programs. 

“The USD Knudson School of Law was my first-choice school because of its relationship with the tribes of South Dakota,” said second-year law student Abigail Ruda. “The Indian law program affords me the opportunity to engage with the law on professional, practical and personal levels. Our state thrives when all our people do, and the Indian law program benefits South Dakota by giving emerging attorneys the knowledge necessary to do good work in Indian Country.”

Students who complete the Indian Law Certificate program will be fluent in federal Indian law, and they will have a strong understanding of various tribal approaches to enacting laws in different subject areas. Graduates will also have expertise relating to the federal law framework governing tribal casinos and other gaming enterprises, as well as the knowledge to assist individual Native clients in will drafting.

With South Dakota having one of the highest Native populations in the U.S., the USD Knudson School of Law is committed to recruiting Native students and providing opportunities for all law students to learn about the major legal principles and developments of federal Indian law.

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