Tulane UniversityFounded in 1834, Tulane is one of the most highly regarded and selective independent research universities in the United States. Its schools and colleges offer undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in the liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine and public health and tropical medicine.
Research in many disciplines has flourished at Tulane through the establishment of centers such as the Newcomb College Institute, the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Middle American Research Institute, the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research, the Murphy Institute, the Tulane Cancer Center, the Tulane Center for Gene Therapy and the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women. The university is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a university with “very high research activity.” Of more than 4,300 higher educational institutions rated by the foundation, Tulane remains in a prestigious category that includes only 2 percent of universities nationwide.
Tulane strives to connect its values and mission to the needs of the city of New Orleans, the state, and the nation. Community involvement is now more important than ever as the university participates in the rebirth of New Orleans. Faculty and staff lend their expertise to rebuilding efforts and students gain real-world experience while putting their skills to use in the community.
With 4,400 employees, Tulane is the largest employer in New Orleans. The university is dedicated to attracting and retaining the very best faculty, staff and students as we move forward toward our goal of universal recognition as one of the world’s most preeminent educational and research institutions.
The law school
The 12th oldest law school in the United States, Tulane University Law School was established in 1847, 13 years after the University of which it is a vital part. From its founding, Tulane has offered its students the opportunity to study both of the world's great legal systems–the common law system upon which English and US law is based, and the civil law system governing most of the rest of the world.
Located on the main campus of Tulane University in uptown New Orleans, Tulane Law School has been accredited by the American Bar Association since May 1925.
The JD student body comprises 750 students from throughout the US. An additional 40 students are enrolled in Tulane Law School's LLM and SJD programs. Approximately 47% of the student body is female, and about 20% are students of color.
Among the things that set Tulane Law School apart are the breadth and depth of its curriculum. Its curricular strengths include international and comparative law, maritime law, and environmental law. It offers six certificates of specialization in: European Legal Studies, International & Comparative Law, Civil Law, Maritime Law, Environmental Law, and Sports Law. It offers six different live-client clinics: criminal defense, civil litigation, juvenile litigation, environmental law, domestic violence, mediation, and legislative and administrative advocacy. Its business and corporate course offerings are strong, as is its intellectual property law curriculum. Tulane Law School was the first in the country to require pro bono legal work as a condition of graduation.
Tulane Law School offers individuals who already have law degrees the opportunity to pursue advanced degrees in law through its graduate studies programs. Five different Master of Laws (LLM) degree programs are offered, and lawyers from throughout the world enroll in Tulane's LLM programs. Tulane also offers the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) to individuals who have completed an LLM degree.
The graduate studies programs have diverse goals. Students who have strong interests in particular areas of the law (for example, admiralty, corporate law, international and comparative law, environmental law) may pursue intensive studies in those areas and receive a specialized advanced degree: the LLM in Admiralty, the LLM in American Business Law, the LLM in American Law, the LLM in International & Comparative Law, or the LLM in Energy & Environment. Tulane's Maritime Law Center, its Eason-Weinmann Center for Comparative Law, and its Institute for Water Policy & Law provide additional depth to the admiralty, international and comparative, and environmental LLM programs, respectively.
Students who wish to sample a wide range of courses in the traditional American law school curriculum to supplement their knowledge of the law of another country may do so through the General LLM program or the LLM in American Law. The General LLM program also permits students to enroll in courses from throughout the curriculum to concentrate in such areas as intellectual property law. Students enrolled in the graduate studies programs may elect to take any non-clinical course in the curriculum with the permission of the instructor and the faculty chair of the Graduate Committee.
Full-time Programs: Each of the LLM programs requires two full-time semesters in residence and satisfactory completion of 24 credits, 3 of which may be completed in a Tulane summer abroad program. Although there is no thesis requirement, degree candidates are required to write at least one paper in connection with a seminar in their field of interest or in fulfillment of a directed research project. Students who received the first law degree at a school outside the 50 United States are also required to attend a short course entitled "Introduction to American Law" prior to the start of the fall semester and a special legal research and writing course designed for international students.
Part-Time Programs: The LLM in Admiralty program permits part-time study for attorneys practicing full time in the New Orleans area. All other LLM programs may be pursued on either a part-time or full-time basis, so long as the candidate does not require an F-1 student visa. Part-time enrollment may be appealing to some candidates, as it has the potential to maximize the opportunity for exposure to the entire curriculum.
All courses at Tulane Law School are taught on an in-person basis. The school does not offer a distance-learning alternative.