Through NTTC, the Southwest Center for Law and Policy provides legal training and technical assistance to Tribal communities and to organizations and agencies serving Native people across the lower 48 states and Alaska. NTTC provides training on domestic and sexual violence, stalking, abuse of persons with disabilities, elder abuse, and more. NTTC also provides free certificate training for Tribal advocates, law enforcement, and prosecutors.
Since 2015, over 177 students have earned a Certificate in Tribal Court Legal Advocacy. This free 6-month certificate program is comprised of 20 weeks of online study and coursework and 1 week of interactive in-person, skill building sessions that take place at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, WI. Weekly course topics include but are not limited to legal representation of AI/AN victims of sexual violence in Tribal Courts, civil and criminal jurisdiction, historical and personal trauma, victims with special considerations, and more. If you are a domestic violence shelter advocate, Tribal prosecutor, law enforcement personnel or any other related position, please consider becoming a 2022 NTTC graduate.
COVID-19 Update: Depending on the CDC COVID-19 guidelines in effect, the final week of interactive training may be held online rather than in-person at the University of Wisconsin.
Priority admission is reserved for advocates who work with American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Other individuals who show a connection to working with AI/AN sexual assault or domestic violence survivors will also be considered.
This 6-month course is taught in two sections. The first part of the course consists of 20 weeks of online instruction taught through the online learning platform, Canvas. The second part of the course consists of 40 hours of in-person training at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, Wisconsin.
Students will be provided with all online course work and most reading assignments through the Canvas platform. Accepted students will need to purchase the course textbook in order to complete the first few weeks of reading assignments. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
There is no tuition for qualified participants to take the online course. However, students are required to fund their travel, lodging and meals while attending the required on-site portion of the course.
Nationally prominent Tribal judges, attorneys, and law professors from across the country instruct the Legal Advocacy course. The 2021 list of course instructors is still being finalized, but below is a list of the course instructors from previous NTTC Courses:
Applications Due: January 24, 2022
Applicants Notified of Acceptance: TBD
Online Course Begins: February 7, 2022
Online Course Ends: July 3, 2022
On-site Course: July 19-22, 2022