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Given Tulane Law School's strong tradition of commitment to international and comparative study, it is not surprising to find an abundance of opportunities to study international and comparative law in the classroom. The richness of our curriculum enables us to offer Certificate Programs in such areas as International & Comparative Law, European Legal Studies, and Civil Law.
In 2007, the Payson Center for International Development became a formal division of Tulane Law School, further enriching our students' opportunities for study and international work.
In addition to the courses and faculty at Tulane, our students may also choose to spend periods ranging from weeks to months studying law in other parts of the world, through our Summer Study Abroad programs and our International Exchange Programs, both described below.
Summer Study Abroad
Tulane Law School's summer abroad programs include sessions ranging from one week to one month in length and in 2014 will be taught in:
- Berlin, Germany
- Rhodos, Greece
- Siena, Italy
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Beijing, China
- Paris, France
These programs together offer over 60 courses and underscore Tulane's commitment to international and comparative law. Over the past 20 years, Tulane's international summer programs have brought Tulane students and those from over 150 other law schools together with professors from Tulane and dozens of other law schools from the US and abroad. Faculty in our summer programs also include prominent state and federal court judges including, in recent years, US Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Associate Justices Harry Blackmun, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Antonin Scalia.
For more information, visit Tulane Law Summer Abroad Website
Through the Payson Center, Tulane offers two intersession programs, one in Havana, Cuba and one in Panama City, Panama. Students who participate in these programs attend classes in New Orleans before and after an intense, one-week field immersion. The programs offer students the unique experience to both learn about the technical and theoretical aspects of various social issues and witness the practical ramifications in person.
The Sustainable development, Law and Policy Field Course in Panama consists of a one credit class fall and spring semester with a trip to Panama in January during the spring intersession. The course focuses on the urban environment in Panama and explores the "social and environmental ramifications" of its rapid economic growth. The trip to Panama has included visits to the Museum of Biodiversity, the staging area for the new Panama Canal locks, and a day-long visit to Canal watershed management programs.
Property Law & Policy in Cuba: The Creation of Property Markets Field Course focuses on the opening and creation of limited property markets after 60 years of state socialism. Students study the effect this opening will have on the environment of Cuba. This course has a variety of aspects, including seminars and a course in New Orleans along with a trip to Havana over spring break.
For more information on the intersession programs and the Payson Center, please e-mail Professor Crawford at email@example.com.
International Exchange Programs
As of 2012, Tulane Law School has formal international exchange programs in place for faculty and for students with the universities listed below. Because international exchange partnerships change from time to time, the list below should be viewed as representative and not definitive. Questions about our international exchange programs and current partner universities may be directed to Herbert Larson, Executive Director of International Studies.
University of Buenos Aires
University of New South Wales
Fudan University (Shangahi)
China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing)
Tsinghua University (Beijing)
University of Copenhagen
University Jean Moulin (Lyon III)
University of Strasbourg
- Hong Kong
University of Hong Kong
University of Bologna
University of Siena
Tel Aviv University
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
- The Netherlands
University of Amsterdam
ESADE Law School, University Ramon Llull (Barcelona)
Universidad de Carlos III (Madrid)
In most cases, Tulane students spend one semester at the international- exchange partner university, receiving 14 credits toward the Tulane JD for successful completion of the semester's work. Appropriate language fluency is required for the exchange programs in Argentina, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The exchange arrangements in place permit one or two Tulane law students to attend each of the exchange-partner universities each year. Tulane students pay tuition to Tulane for the semester spent at the partner university. For more detailed information on going abroad for a semester, please contact Professor Herbert Larson or Chana Lewis in Suite 259 for more information.
For students who are interested in going abroad, an information session is held each semester. Please also see our Exchange Programs Pamphlet for detailed information on our various exchange partners and more in-depth descriptions of what the programs entail.
Each year, law students from the exchange-partner universities spend one or two semesters at Tulane Law School. If you attend one of our partner universities and are interested in spending a semester at Tulane, please visit the International Exchange Program website .
The international student-exchange programs are supervised by Herbert Larson, Executive Director of International Studies.