Seattle University School of Law offers certificate program in Indian law

(June 18, 2010) A new program will allow lawyers from around the country to gain expertise in Indian law. 

The Tribal Governmental Business Law CLE Institute will benefit lawyers who represent Indian tribes and the financial institutions and businesses that are engaged in transactions with tribes. It will be offered through the law school's Center for Indian Law and Policy and Continuing Legal Education program. Courses will be available live at the law school or via live webcast anywhere. It is the first certificate program of its kind offered in the country. 

The program will prepare lawyers for tribal governments and those who do business with them for new legal challenges encountered as Indian tribes develop diversified economies and engage in increasingly complex commercial transactions both on and off of Indian lands. Eric Eberhard, a distinguished Indian law practitioner in residence at the law school who has broad experience in these areas, developed and directs the program. He has coordinated a faculty of nationally recognized practitioners and academics.  

"This is an extensive and substantive program for practicing lawyers," Eberhard said. "No one else is doing anything quite like this." 

The first year of classes will meet the third Friday of each month from Sept. 17 to April 15, 2011, with a wrap-up May 20. Participants may choose to enroll for one or two years, or take single classes of immediate interest. Topics include: Fundamentals of Indian Law; Conducting Basic Due Diligence; Forms of Tribal Business Entities; Finance; Taxation; Sarbanes Oxley, Ethics and Federal Criminal Law. The second year of classes will include: Dispute Resolution; Insurance; Government Contracting; NEPA and Environmental Law; Labor and Employment; Tribal Gaming; Energy and Natural Resources. 

Tuition is $1,550 per year for the full course, or $1,350 for Seattle University School of Law alumni and those working for tribes, governments or nonprofits. The full course includes participation in an online learning community, where registrants may post questions and engage in discussions, find additional resources and more. Single sessions are $185 or $160 for the reduced rate and do not include participation in the online community. Each full year provides 22.50 CLE credits, approved in Washington State including three ethics credits - or 42 credits for both years. Each full individual session is three credits. 

For registration and more information visit or contact the CLE office at 206-398-4092 or

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