Tribal Court Justice Studies

Tribal Court Justice Studies - CCL

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in the Tribal Court Justice Studies program is designed to prepare students for careers in tribal court justice or to work in settings that involve Indian legal issues.


Major Code: 
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Admission criteria

Application and admission to the program is required.
Students must have current English and Reading assessment reflecting eligibility for ENG101 or ENG107 and CRE101.

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Academic Program: 
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) or
equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3)3
CPD103BENative American Cultural Pride and Awareness2
TCJ101Overview of Indian Law I3
TCJ102Overview of Indian Law II3
TCJ103Tribal Court Jurisdiction3
TCJ104AAPractice Court: Civil3
TCJ104ABPractice Court: Criminal3
TCJ203Ethics for Tribal Courts1
TCJ211Introduction to Tribal Cases and Codes3
TCJ215Evidence for Tribal Courts3
TCJ225Legal Writing and Analysis for Tribal Courts3
TCJ298ABSpecial Projects2
  • Read and analyze varied and challenging reading materials, and analyze, synthesize, and evaluate these materials through written discourse. (CRE101)
  • Compose expository essays in English. (ENG101, ENG107)
  • Identify personal strengths, which enhance personal, social, vocational, and educational decisions. (CPD103BE)
  • Identify what is an Indian tribe and who is an Indian as related to Indian law. (TCJ101)
  • Describe and analyze the jurisdictional framework in Indian country and the interrelationships among the tribes, the federal government, and the state governments. (TCJ101)
  • Describe the basis for the exercise of criminal and civil jurisdiction by the tribal governments, the federal government, and the state governments. (TCJ102)
  • Compare the rights of individual Indians and non-Indians in Indian country. (TCJ102)
  • Describe Indian water rights, Indian fishing and hunting rights in Indian country. (TCJ102)
  • Describe the Full Faith and Credit and choice of law issues. (TCJ102)
  • Differentiate between criminal and civil jurisdiction in federal, state, and tribal courts and define the relationship among these courts. (TCJ102, TCJ103)
  • Perform all stages of a mock trial from commencement of the action to final judgment. (TCJ104AA, TCJ104AB)
  • Explain the difference ethical considerations confronting the various members of the court. (TCJ203)
  • Identify and analyze major ethical issues associated with the administration of justice in modern times. (TCJ203)
  • Analyze and evaluate the disciplinary rules and ethical issues relevant to tribal courts. (TCJ203)
  • Conduct legal research using proper citation form and appropriate primary sources, secondary sources, and finding tools. (TCJ211)
  • Prepare a brief identifying the procedural history, facts, issues, holdings, dicta, and rationale of any case. (TCJ211)
  • Describe admissible evidence in relation to relevancy. (TCJ215)
  • Describe the reason for the exclusionary rule. (TCJ215)
  • Apply the hearsay rule and describe exceptions to the rule. (TCJ215)
  • Organize and develop effective well-written paragraphs using proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling. (TCJ225)
  • Prepare a brief identifying the procedural history, facts, issues, holdings, dicta, and rationale of any case. (TCJ225)
  • Prepare an internal memorandum of law. (TCJ225)
  • Demonstrate the ability to do research and complete an independent study project related to tribal courts. (TCJ298AB)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.