Some of the activities listed below grant academic credit, while others serve as enrichment activities.
The Law School's moot court program is designed to develop students' advocacy skills at both trial and appellate levels. The program is organized and directed by the Moot Court Board, students with superior scholastic standing and demonstrated skill in oral and written advocacy. The Board oversees both intra- and inter-school competitions, as well as non-competitive "open events".
The Moot Court Board organizes teams for inter-school competitions in a variety of trial and appellate areas, including international law, constitutional law, mediation, corporate law, environmental law, and admiralty law. Our BLSA chapter sponsors a team at the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, our European Legal Studies program sends a team to a commercial arbitration competition in Vienna, and other student organizations also send teams to special-interest competitions. The Moot Court competitive teams have historically brought great pride and prestige to Tulane and have had considerable success at the national level.
Participation in inter-school competitions is open to 2L, 3L, and LLM students. 1L participation is limited to intra-school competition during the second semester (on an uncredited basis).
Eight different journals offer students writing and editing opportunities. A number of these journals are strictly student-run. Others are faculty-run, but grant significant responsibility to students.
- Tulane Law Review
- Tulane Maritime Law Journal
- Tulane European & Civil Law Forum
- Tulane Environmental Law Journal
- Law & Sexuality
- Tulane Journal of International & Comparative Law
- The Sports Lawyers Journal
- Tulane Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property
Lectures & Visitors
Tulane's intellectual life is enriched by the lecture series sponsored by the Law School and by its ability to attract visiting scholars from throughout the US and the world.
- Ashton Phelps Lecture on First Amendment Law
- Dermot S. McGlinchey Lecture on Federal Litigation
- Eason-Weinmann Lecture on Comparative Law
- Eberhard P. Deutsch Lecture on International Law
- George Abel and Mathilde Schwab Dreyfous Lecture in Civil Liberties and Human Rights
- Jay Altmayer Visiting Professorship
- John Minor Wisdom Lecture
- Wendell H. Gauthier Lecture in Applied Trial Advocacy
- William Tetley Maritime Law Lecture
Other Visiting Lecturers
In addition to the various endowed lecture series, Tulane has a strong commitment to bringing scholars and practicing lawyers to campus to talk with students and faculty about their fields of expertise within the law. This has been made possible over the years through grants from the Shell Companies Foundation, the Exxon Education Foundation, through partnerships with other divisions of the university, through various faculty-organized workshops, and through exchange agreements with other law schools. Some of our visitors give single lectures or workshops; others teach mini courses for periods of two to three weeks.
Summer Schools Abroad
Individuals already admitted to one of the master's programs may enroll in up to 3 credits at one of our summer programs abroad. With the permission of the Director of the particular summer program, incoming LLM students may attend a Tulane summer abroad program, paying the appropriate amount of tuition. Summer courses cannot substitute for required LLM courses. Students whose first law degrees were awarded by law schools outside of the United States must still attend the Introduction to American Law summer orientation course in New Orleans, enroll for both the fall and spring semesters, and satisfy the minimum residency requirement of 10 credit-hours in each of those semesters.
Part-time students already admitted to a Tulane LLM program may also enroll in up to 2 credits at one of our summer programs abroad.
Our summer programs operate at the following locations:
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Beijing, China
- Shanghai, China
- Paris, France
- Berlin, Germany
- Rhodos, Greece
- Siena, Italy
These summer programs operate for periods of between four and six weeks and offer a mix of European and international law courses. The courses are taught by an international faculty, comprising distinguished academics, judges, and practitioners. Each program is directed by a Tulane faculty member with a particular interest in, and/or connection to the place where the program is being held, who remains at that location for the duration of the program. The programs attract students from all over the United States well as from several countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.