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.