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Tulane Law School offers programs leading to the degree of Master of Laws (LLM) to eligible candidates already holding the first law degree (JD or LLB or equivalent). Programs are also offered on a part-time basis, as described below.The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) is a research-oriented degree open to a small number of students who already hold the LLM.

LLM in International & Comparative Law

Professor Fedtke
Professor Fedtke

The breadth and depth of the comparative and international law curriculum at Tulane Law School provide an unparalleled opportunity for both US and foreign lawyers to obtain a basic foundation in international legal practice. The international and comparative law program at Tulane emphasizes the distinctiveness of regional legal systems, national legal development, and the more traditional differences between major legal cultures.

In addition to a strong faculty with significant international experience and training and an outstanding library, Tulane's program offers students the Eason Weinmann Center for International and Comparative Law. Other resources include several relevant student-edited journals as well as a faculty-edited one, student organizations devoted to the exploration of international law topics, and a student body drawn from throughout the world.

Possible Elective Courses

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business Enterprises I & II
Civil Law Seminar
Civil Law Property I & II (for US students)
Contracts I & II (for international students)
Directed Research
European Community II
European Obligations
Immigration Law
International Business Transactions
International Environmental Law
International Human Rights
International Intellectual Property
International Law of the Sea
International Sale of Goods
Legal History (Anglo-American; European)
Litigating Commercial Fraud Cases
Marine Pollution
Obligations I & II (for US students)
Roman Law
Securities Regulation
Secured Transactions
Taxation of International Business Transactions
Torts (for international students)
Transnational Litigation
Trade & the Environment

Additional courses, seminars, and minicourses are offered each year.

Eason Weinmann Center for International and Comparative Law

The Eason Weinmann Center for International and Comparative Law pursues its goals through graduate degree programs, a regularly sponsored colloquium, visiting lectureships, academic exchanges, symposia, and research and publication in the area of comparative law. The Center enriches the existing programs of the Law School by bringing together outstanding legal scholars from various countries and legal systems for seminars and lectures.

Degree Requirements

All candidates for the LLM in International & Comparative Law must fulfill the General Degree Requirements. In conjunction with those requirements, candidates for this specialty degree are required to enroll in a total of 13 semester hours of international and comparative law courses. All students who have not already taken a public international law course are required to take International Law: Public, with the remaining 10 hours of specialized coursework chosen from the following offerings:

Civil Law Seminar
Comparative Law: European Legal Systems
European Community Law I
European Community Law II
European Law of Obligations: French or German
European Legal History
Foreign Affairs and the Constitution
Immigration Law
International Business Transactions: International Sale of Goods
International Business Transactions: Transnational Litigation
International Commercial Arbitration
International Criminal Law
International Environmental Law
International Human Rights
International Income Tax
International Intellectual Property
International Trade, Finance and Banking
Law of the Sea
Maritime and National Security Law
Any one-credit mini-courses in international and comparative law

Each student's course of study is at least somewhat dependent upon the background and previous legal education of the individual student and on the student's objectives. For example, US students interested in European legal studies would need exposure to European legal sources, European Community Law, and the like. A student from Germany, however, might focus her studies somewhat differently, seeking exposure to common law subjects and to other areas which she would be unlikely to have studied previously. Each student designs his or her course of study with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

For LLM application materials, please click here.

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