Tribal Wills Project

Summer Course Available


The University of Denver Sturm College of Law invites students from all ABA accredited law schools to enroll as visiting students in our Summer Tribal Wills Course. Learn interviewing, counselling and drafting skills while creating wills, medical powers of attorney, living wills, and burial instructions for tribal members at various Navajo Chapter Houses near Gallup, New Mexico.

This is a continuation of our very successful DU Tribal Wills Project which has already provided these services for tribal members in six states – Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Montana, and South Dakota.

This course offers four hours of academic credit and is open to visiting students from any ABA accredited law school. Application should be made online through the Admissions Office at the Sturm College of Law.

The on-site component of the course is a clinic running July 7 through July 14, 2018, based at various Navajo Chapter Houses near Gallup, New Mexico.

Saturday, July 7 will begin with an excursion led by Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs (ret.) into El Morro National Monument to teach students about Native American history and culture, and the basics of Indian water rights. Other educational and cultural excursions are planned for that weekend.

Students will spend Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13 interviewing clients and drafting appropriate estate planning documents under the supervision of licensed attorneys.

Prior to the on-site clinic, there will be an online class running from June 6 through July 6 covering the basics of wills, client interviewing, Indian land policy, the American Indian Probate Reform Act, and specific New Mexico, Navajo, and federal probate rules.

For more information contact Prof. Lucy Marsh,, and visit our webpage at

Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208