With a primary focus on the public interest, Tulane is committed to providing experiential educational opportunities and instilling in its students a sense of their responsibilities to the community.
At Tulane Law School, students find many doorways leading to the world of public interest law. There is a multi-faceted pro bono program in which all students participate, an array of clinical programs, externships in the federal court and administrative agencies, summer grant opportunities for first and second year students, and financial support for students choosing a public interest career upon graduation.
Tulane Law School has taken the lead in making public interest a focal point of the law school experience. Tulane was the first national law school to put in place a mandatory community service requirement, ensuring each student the opportunity to share with the community the legal skills acquired in the classroom. The pro bono program, founded in 1987, has continued to grow, with the resulting contribution of all Tulane graduates now approaching 200,000 hours.
Tulane offers six clinical programs which range from the traditional civil litigation, criminal defense, and juvenile justice representation to domestic violence, environmental and legislative and administrative advocacy.
As another option, Tulane offers externships in the federal district court, the bankruptcy court, the U.S. Attorney's office, federal administration agencies, including the NLRB and EEOC, as well as in a selection of non-profit and local government organizations serving the local community.
And the public interest focus continues upon graduation. Tulane was the 15th law school in the country to enable its students to pursue legal careers in the public interest by helping qualified graduates to repay law school educational debts through its Loan Repayment Assistance Program.