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October 4-5, 2024

Register today!

For millennia, Indigenous peoples have used focused attention, a deep understanding of their surroundings, and a clear intention to track and find people and animals. Today this practice is generally referred to as cutting sign.

Charting your past as a law student or recent law graduate can be challenging as you seek to understand your career options and fulfill your personal and professional ambitions.

Cutting Sign to the Legal Profession will help you hone key skills and think practices you may want to pursue after graduation. this event will help you, as a Native law student, succeed now and in your career by:

  • Honing skills, like networking and interviewing
  • Developing an authentic personal and professional brand and elevator pitch
  • Networking with peers and professionals
  • Learning critical lessons from Native attorneys
  • Accessing the advice of senior experts in career development from leading schools and employers, and
  • Participating in a day of interviewing with employers from across the country.

Our goal is to fully fund the cost of the program for all student participants. Funding for the program will be given out on a first-come first-served basis, so register today to reserve your place in line! Those who register will receive an email with a request for more information.

Interested students register here »   |   Interested employers register here »

“The program not only helped me expand my horizons but also played an important role in my professional growth. Through it, I had the privilege of connecting with some remarkable Indian law firms, including Barnhouse, Keegan, Solimon & West (BKSW) and Ziontz Chestnut. After careful consideration, I decided to begin my journey with BKSW following law school. At BKSW I’ve gained valuable experience, and I have no doubt that Indian law is the area where I intend to practice.”

- Alma Buena, 2023 Cutting Sign attendee and University of New Mexico School of Law alumna

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