Our Vision

Charting new paths for Indian Country.



The National Native American Law Students Association was founded in 1970 to support law students who are interested in the study of Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, and traditional forms of governance. Through NNALSA, we increase the Native American law student population and promote indigenous legal issues that affect Native communities. We encourage Native Americans to pursue a legal education and advocate for tribal communities.

We promote unity and cooperation among law students. NNALSA provides a network for law students to build relationships and offers friendly support throughout your legal studies. Through NNALSA, you will increase your professional network and build lasting friendships with other individuals who share the same goals. NNALSA builds their network through our nationally renowned moot court competition, writing competition, and local NALSA chapters.

NNALSA supports our fellow Native American law students in community service and educational endeavors. NNALSA provides support for our local law school chapters with their alternative spring break programs. In past years, NNALSA helped Columbia’s and Michigan State’s alternative spring break programs. Columbia’s NALSA chapter assisted indigenous clients with civil needs through the Anishinabe Legal Services program. Michigan State’s NALSA chapter travelled to the Navajo Nation to gain practical legal skills with DNA Legal Services. These two alternative spring breaks are just an example of what you and your local NALSA chapter can achieve.

NNALSA increases their presence and support through members like you. Your membership provides valuable resources to current and future Native American law students. If you are considering law school, currently enrolled, or recently graduated, consider joining NNALSA to help build a greater national chapter. It’s individuals like you who make our local and national chapter a greater and better organization. We look forward to meeting you!