Joint Degree with KU Law

The University of Kansas offers a joint degree program in law and Indigenous Studies. As part of this unique program, students may graduate with both the J.D. and an M.A. in Indigenous Studies in three to four years, making it an ideal choice for students interested in tribal law. Students must apply separately to the KU School of Law and the Indigenous Studies graduate program.

The program aspires to facilitate the protection and strengthening of Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination, and self-sufficiency in Indigenous nations throughout the Americas.

The University of Kansas was the third institution of higher learning in the United States to offer a joint degree program relating to Indigenous peoples.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Kronk Warner, KU Law, (785) 864-4659, elizabeth.kronk@ku.edu; or Dr. Stephanie Fitzgerald, Indigenous Studies, (785) 864-5271, sfitzger@ku.edu.

KU Law
JD/MA in Indigenous Studies
Tribal Law and Government Center

Program Objectives

The objectives of this joint degree program are:

  • to facilitate interdisciplinary studies;
  • to support the interest of students who wish to pursue study in both fields; and
  • to provide an educational opportunity that trains candidates for leadership and policy-making roles in Indigenous communities worldwide, in higher education, and in state, national, and international institutions and organizations.

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