Tulane University Law School
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Official Guide to ABA-Approved JD Programs
The JD Program
Its location in Louisiana, the country’s sole civil-law jurisdiction, gives Tulane a distinctive understanding of the interaction of different legal systems and is the foundation for Tulane’s world-renowned strength in international and comparative law. The unique exposure our students gain to both the common law of the Anglo-American tradition and the civil-law systems that dominate the rest of the globe is an increasingly powerful advantage in a world in which business, governance, and law practice are increasingly transnational.
The distinctively global perspective of Tulane Law is enlivened by a student body drawn from approximately 25 countries, by Tulane-led academic programs in a half-dozen countries abroad, and by an international faculty whose scholarly distinction ranges from advising on constitutional design in Iraq, Egypt, and Tunisia, and legal barriers to Russian gas pipelines to Europe, to intercultural negotiation of legal and political conflicts.
Yet, Tulane Law pairs that global perspective with a deep commitment to its own community and to equipping students with the practical skills and judgment they need to make a difference in their careers. The first law school in the nation to require pro bono service of all students, Tulane is a leader in preparing students for practice through service to others.
An early leader in clinical legal education, Tulane Law offers eight live-client clinics, including our two newest, an Immigrant Rights Clinic and a First Amendment Clinic. We also offer students a growing array of creative experiential learning opportunities—including an intensive, one-week simulation of law practice through a Lawyering Skills Boot Camp, a Business Literacy Boot Camp for 1L students, and externships across the globe. We also offer a state-of-the-art Master of Jurisprudence in Labor & Employment Law program for human resource professionals.
This distinctive approach to legal education, both global in outlook and grounded through professional skills training in service to our own community, prepares Tulane Law alumni for leadership in their careers wherever their passions take them.
Career Placement and Bar Passage
The Career Development Office will work with you closely to help you reach your professional goals at graduation, and it will continue working with you as you progress in your career. Staffed by five professional career counselors, the Career Development Office’s resources are available to all law students and alumni.
Tulane Law also boasts a network of approximately 13,000 alumni throughout the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and another 1,000 in more than 100 countries abroad. That network represents an invaluable resource to you as a student, as our alumni regularly advise and assist students embarking on their first legal jobs and developing their practices.
The hard work pays off. Tulane graduates are hired nationwide, with approximately two-thirds of graduates finding employment outside Louisiana. Young alumni enter a mix of positions in private practice, business enterprises, government agencies, public interest organizations, courts and academia post-graduation.
Tuition and Aid
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All candidates receive consideration for merit-based scholarship awards ranging from $5,000 to Full Tuition. Full Tuition awards are exceptionally rare as the Admissions Committee prefers to award funding to as many candidates as possible.
No special application is required for merit awards. While some questions in the application are listed as optional, candidates are encouraged to provide relevant responses to any applicable questions in order to be considered for the widest range of scholarship opportunities.
Need-based and credit-based loans require submission of the FAFSA. A loan repayment assistance program is also available to graduates working full time in eligible public interest employment.
Admission Decisions: Beyond the Numbers
Our admission process is based on a complete and holistic review of all of the information in each candidate’s file. Primary consideration is given to prior academic performance, along with the highest LSAT score. Tulane looks closely at subjective factors such as grade trends, rigor of course load, nonacademic activities, the student’s background and experience, barriers overcome, the personal statement, and optional letters of recommendation. The Law School processes applications for admission beginning in early September and announces decisions beginning in early January.