The Tribal Court Lay Advocate Certificate will equip students with the necessary skills to provide diligent and appropriate representation to clients. The program will help the learner to evaluate evidence in cases, develop legal and investigational strategies for strengthening case presentation, construct legal arguments for presentation in court, describe the trial process and its importance, interpret tribal laws and codes, and address ethical considerations.

Student Profile

As a Tribal Court Lay advocate you should:

  • Enjoy helping people

  • Desire improved quality of justice in Wisconsin tribal courts

  • Have an interest in law

Program Outcomes

After completing the Tribal Court Lay Advocate certificate, students will:

  • Apply knowledge of applicable tribal, state and federal laws, administrative procedures, orders, policies and case law;

  • Conduct legal research and maintain evidentiary procedures

  • Apply successful interviewing skills;

  • Follow and maintain legal process, rules of evidence and procedure

  • Draft motions briefs and other legal documents in support of their client’s position.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the Tribal Court Lay Advocate Certificate will be able to work as:

  • A lay advocate in tribal court.

  • Support staff in a tribal court system.

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Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College (LCOOC) is a non-profit Ojibwe tribal community college.  We are an open-door institution which welcomes anyone who would like to work toward a better tomorrow.  LCOOC does not discriminate based upon race and will not deny admission to any Native student regardless of tribal enrollment or affiliation. We are compliant with Title IX which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.


LCO Ojibwe College
13466 W. Trepania Rd.
Hayward, WI 54843

Phone: 715.634.4790
Toll-Free: 888.526.6221
Fax: 715.634.5049

LCOOC Sustainable Agriculture Research Station

13457W Froemel Rd.

Hayward, WI 54843


Phone: 715.634.9666


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