Sustainable International Development LL.M. Indigenous Rights Law Concentration

Sustainable Development LL.M. and M.J. degrees

Drawing upon the strength of the University of Washington School of Law's Native American Law Center, the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development (SID) offers concentration tracks in Indigenous Rights Law in both its Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) programs. This allows students with a particular interest in Indigenous rights and Native (first peoples) issues to avail themselves of the rich curricular offerings in Indian law available at the law school as part of their Sustainable Development degree.

The Sustainable Development Graduate Program is the first U.S. law graduate program to focus on international development law. Through a hands-on approach, the program provides lawyers with the tools to promote social change and promote a sustainable future for people and the planet. The program has a robust course curriculum focusing on four key areas:

  • Rights of Indigenous peoples and communities
  • Indigenous economic development
  • Rule of law and human rights
  • Environmental and natural resource protection

Foundational Courses: 12–14 credits

Sample Specialty Courses: 31–33 credits

  • American Indian Law
  • Indigenous Economic Development & The Law
  • Indigenous Governance Law
  • Law & Development: History & Theories
  • Leadership in Sustainability
  • Environmental Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Water Law
  • Women, Poverty & Natural Resources
  • Global Development Policy Workshop
  • International Human Rights Clinic


“Working closely with dedicated and knowledgeable faculty, I have learned about the relevant legal framework, as well as critical thinking, analysis and writing skills. I have also learned about myself and my people and have learned to advocate for my people in new ways.”


Sustainable Development M.J. expected 2019
Enrolled Citizen, Sioux Tribe, Lake Traverse Reservation, Sisseton-Wahpeton, South Dakota

“The attention and mentorship I received have been pivotal to my success and have helped launch my career as an advocate for Native nations and citizens. Through focused coursework and research on Federal Indian law, I gained knowledge that I am using to serve tribal citizens.”


J.D. 2018, Sustainable Development LL.M. expected 2019
Enrolled Citizen, Confederated Tribes and Bands of Yakama Nation
Legal Fellow, Yakama Nation’s Office of Legal Counsel

“In the Sustainable Development program, there were people from every continent, and I think that we have formed bonds that are going to last well into the future. The benefits of the experience are going to follow me for the rest of my life. ”


Australia, Sustainable Development LL.M. 2017
Senior Community Lawyer, Fitzroy Legal Service, Neighbourhood Justice Centre, Australia