Tulane LLM

Tulane Law School LLM Program

Tulane Law School offers a total of 6 LLM programs to students who wish to take their legal education beyond their JD. Five programs are open to both U.S. trained attorneys and attorneys who have studied abroad and want to further their legal education in a specific field. The final LLM program is available exclusively to internationally trained attorneys who want to develop a deeper understanding of U.S. law and possibly sit for a bar exam.

Each of the LLM programs requires the completion of 24 units of coursework over two full-time semesters, 3 of which can be in one of Tulane Law School’s summer abroad programs in Berlin, Cambridge, China, the Greek Isles, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Siena, and 3 to 9 of which can be from the required paper, which can be completed as part of a seminar or a directed research project. All international LLM students who received their law degrees abroad are required to attend the summer orientation program course Introduction to U.S. Law, which runs for three weeks and starts in late July, as well as a legal research and writing course in the fall. Some students may also be required to take an English as a Second Language course in the summer prior to the program start. Part-time study is available in every program (except the LLM in Admiralty) for students who do not require an F-1 student visa. Students in the Admiralty program may only study part-time if they are practicing law full-time in the New Orleans area.

The following programs are open to all attorneys:

Tulane Law School LLM in Admiralty

Founded in 1986, the Tulane LLM in Admiralty, one of the most respected maritime law programs in the world and home to the first maritime law journal edited by students, The Tulane Maritime Law Journal, is taught through the Maritime Law Center and students must complete 13 of the 24 required units in admiralty courses. Students are not able to pursue their studies in this program on a part-time basis unless they are practicing law full-time in the New Orleans area. Courses for the program include Carriage of Goods by the Sea, Admiralty I and II, Law of the Sea, Marine Insurance I and II, Charter Parties, and Vessel Documentation and Finance.

Tulane Law School LLM in International & Comparative Law

The Tulane University Law School LLM in International & Comparative Law is designed to expose students to the differences in regional legal systems, national legal development and traditional differences between legal cultures. Students are required to complete 13 units in international and comparative law courses including the course International Law: Public, and may choose electives to suit their personal interests to complete the rest of the required course load.

Tulane Law School LLM in Energy & Environment

The Tulane University Law School LLM in Energy & Environment has been designed to give students a strong understanding of not only the theory behind energy law and environmental law but also a practical understanding of the practice of law in this area. Students in this program may study both energy law and environmental law or may focus exclusively on environmental law. Students must completed 16 of the 24 required credits in environmental or energy law courses, including two foundation courses, a graduate seminar in Energy & Environment, and three other courses.

Tulane Law School LLM in Law and Development

The LLM in Law and Development offers students the opportunity to study the interconnections between international development and law with course offerings drawn from the Tulane Law School curriculum and the Payson Center for International Development. A total of 24 credits are needed to complete the program, 19 of which must be taken from the Tulane Law School for international law school graduates and 15 of which must be from the Law School for U.S. law school graduates. The courses Law, Sustainability, and Development, Economic Analysis or Sustainable Human Development, and Directed Research for 3 credits are required, as well as one of the following: Comparative Constitutional Law, Comparative Private Law, Comparative Law: European Legal Systems, International Human Rights, or Public International Law.

Tulane Law School General LLM

The General LLM at Tulane University Law School is the most flexible of the LLM programs available. International students are required to take up to four credit hours in specific courses and complete a writing requirement, but are otherwise free to design their own course of study. U.S.-trained attorneys can design their own course of study without any specific requirements. Students may choose to pursue an already created track such as General Survey of U.S. law or International law, trade, and finance for their studies or may develop an entirely personalized course of study.

The final program is open exclusively to students who received their degrees outside the United States.

Tulane Law School LLM in American Law

The American Law LLM program is designed to give internationally trained attorneys an understanding of the fundamental principles of U.S. law and the American Legal System. Students are also given an understanding of the practice of law in the United States. Students must take 14 units of coursework in American Law subjects including Constitutional Law, Corporations or Business Enterprises, Intellectual Property, Evidence, Federal Civil Procedure, Uniform Commercial Code, Taxation, Contracts, Torts, Criminal Law, and Civil or Common Law Property, and are free to complete the additional 8 units via electives. This degree satisfies the U.S. law requirements for international students who wish to sit for either the Louisiana or New York bar exams.

Tulane Law School LLM Admission

The Tulane University Law School encourages students to submit their LLM applications via the Law School Admissions Counsel (LSAC) application assembly service. Students may also request and submit hard copy applications if LSAC is not available to them. The application period begins Sept. 1 of the year before the student intends to attend and concludes May 1 but students are urged to complete applications by March 1 if possible. A completed application will include:

  • Graduate studies application form
  • Application fee via credit card, personal check, or money order
  • Official transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores (only for non-native English speakers) higher than 575 paper-based, 90 Internet-based, or IELTS above 7

Tulane Law School LLM Tuition

Students wishing to attend any of the LLM programs on a full-time basis should expect tuition costs to be similar to those stated on Tulane’s website, while students looking to attend part-time should contact Tulane University Law School for more accurate information. For the given academic year, check the university website for Tulane LLM tuition and fees. Applicants should also note that Tulane Law School states on its website that tuition typically undergoes a four to six percent increase yearly, and that exact amounts for the consecutive year are usually available on its site in March or April.

Tulane Law School LLM Scholarships

Tulane University Law School offers five need-based and merit-based scholarships to LLM students.

About a third of LLM students receive partial scholarships or tuition-waivers. Students are encouraged to look into loans and outside sources of financial aid as well. A full list of outside scholarships which Tulane University Law School suggests can be found here.

Tulane Law School LLM Employment

The Tulane University Law School has an active Career Development Office which allows students and employers to hold video conference interviews, conducts resume collection, maintains an online job database, participates in recruiting events such as the Houston Interview Program, and bring employers and alumni to campus to host mock interviews, panels, workshops, and networking events. The Career Development Office also employs a special LLM counselor to assists LLM students with career planning and job searches.

Tulane Law School LLM Contact

Office of Academic Services
Weinmann Hall, Suite 204
6329 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: (504) 865-5935
Fax: (504) 862-8373
Email the Office of Academic Services: ctimmons@tulane.edu

Office of Admission
Weinmann Hall, Suite 203
6329 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: (504) 865-5930
Fax: (504) 865-6710
Email the Office of Admission: admissions@law.tulane.edu