Law 729 - Tribal Appellate Court Clinic


Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

Carole Goldberg



General Course Description:

4 units; may be taken for one or two semesters, with second semester subject to approval of units by the instructor.

Students in this Clinic will provide assistance to justices of the highest courts of the Hualapai and Hopi tribes in Arizona, while learning skills useful in clerking for any appellate judge in federal, state, or tribal systems.  Almost every case that a student will work on will involve important questions of first impression with respect to constitutional issues (separations of powers, checks and balances, etc.), criminal justice and defendants' and victims' rights in both substance and procedure, the duties and obligations of government with respect to family matters and commercial activities, the establishment of property law schemes, among many others. Students will do all their coursework and assigned casework at UCLA with site visits (at Law School expense) to the respective tribal court to attend oral arguments and to participate in deliberations. Given the unique needs and docketing of tribal appellate courts, all the class meetings will be structured into a four day workshop over two weekends, for which attendance is mandatory.  After that, students will meet with their assigned tribal judge by video or teleconference to discuss the research and work on assigned cases on a regular basis. For Spring 2012, the classroom component of this course will take place over the weekends of January 21-22 and February 4-5.

Course Information:


This course is not offered in 2013 - 2014.


Previous Course Offerings:


​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Kara Borden 11F 729 LEC 1 TBA 4.0 No No
  The classroom component of Law 729 will take place over two weekends in August and September, yet to be determined.
Kara Borden 12S 729 LEC 1 TBA 4.0 No No
  The classroom component of Law 729 will take place on January 21-22 and February 4-5.


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