Southwest Center for Law and Policy provides free legal training on domestic and sexual violence, stalking, abuse of persons with disabilities, federal firearms violations, and elder abuse through the National Tribal Trial College (NTTC).
NTTC also hosts the Certificate in Tribal Court Legal Advocacy Course. This is a 6-month program that 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.
There is no tuition for qualified participants to take the online course. The Southwest Center for Law and Policy (SWCLAP) provides all course work and most reading assignments.
Accepted students will need to order the course textbook in order to complete the first few weeks of reading assignments. The textbook can be ordered online through Amazon. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
In addition to the 20-week online portion of the course, students are required to attend 1 week of in-person, interactive, skill building sessions that will take place during the month of July at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, Wisconsin.
**NOTICE: Participants are responsible for the cost of their travel, lodging, and meals while on-site at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
In order to take part in the course, participants are required to have access to a computer/laptop, reliable internet connection (DSL, LAN, or cable connection desirable), access to the course website, access to a reliable telephone, as well as a current email account in order to receive course news or staff communication.
The NTTC Tribal Court Legal Advocacy Certificate consists of twenty (20) weeks of intensive online study. All coursework has been previously approved by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), the Southwest Center for Law and Policy (SWCLAP), and the University of Wisconsin Law School. The course load consists of weekly lecture videos, written assignments, quizzes, group disscussions, and student participation both online and in-person at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
**Please be advised that this course requires a time commitment of between 5-10 hours each week during the online portion and 45 hours for the 5-day, on-site portion of the course.
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, developing your case file, evidence, witnesses, utilizing custom & tradition, expert witnesses, restitution, creative civil remedies, sexual assault protection orders, due process, service of process, subpoenas, courtroom safety, opening statements, closing statements, direct examination, cross examination, objections, child custody, child support, visitation, enforcement of judgment and appeals, and litigating victim rights in criminal cases.
Nationally prominent Tribal judges, attorneys, and law professors from across the country instruct in the NTTC Tribal Court Legal Advocacy course. The 2019 list of course instructors is still being finalized, but below is a list of the course instructors from previous NTTC Courses:
Applications Due: January 23, 2019
Online Course Begins: February 4, 2019
Online Course Ends: June 20, 2019
On-site Course: July 8-12, 2019
(New info soon.)
4015 E. Paradise Falls Dr. Suite 131, Tucson, Arizona 85712
Phone: (520) 623-8192
Fax: (520) 623-8246
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*National Tribal Trial College is a project of the Southwest Center for Law and Policy (www.swclap.org)
This project was supported by Grant No. 2017-TA-AX-K024, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.