On Friday, Aug 28, 2015, Tulane Law School held its 36th Annual Swearing-In Ceremony at the Louisiana Supreme Court. Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Greg Gerard Guidry administered the oath to allow 59 third-year law students to appear in state courts on behalf of qualifying clients under the supervision of Tulane Law School faculty. Under Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX, student-attorneys in the Civil Litigation Clinic, Criminal Defense Clinic, Environmental Law Clinic, Domestic Violence Law Clinic and Juvenile Litigation Clinic learn practical skills by representing actual clients in real cases, while simultaneously earning credit toward their law degrees.
These same students also will appear in federal court pursuant to U.S. District Court, Eastern Division of Louisiana, Middle District of Louisiana and Western District of Louisiana Rule 83.2.13.
The Louisiana Supreme Court and federal courts in Louisiana authorize third-year law students to conduct a limited law practice for indigent clients. Under the direction of Tulane supervising faculty who are members of the Louisiana bar, students represent clients by investigating, preparing, and trying cases, or by becoming involved in administrative or legislative proceedings.
In the Tulane law clinics, instruction is provided in a variety of contexts. For most of the clinics, students enroll in a seminar on lawyering skills, which addresses interviewing, counseling, negotiating, case planning, discovery, and motion practice. The emphasis is on lawyering skills that students will use after leaving law school. Students may also learn through simulated role performances, which are videotaped and critiqued. Finally, under faculty supervision, students represent individuals or organizations before trial or appellate courts, administrative agencies, or legislative bodies.
Casework is organized around regular, individual weekly case review meeting between student and supervisor. At these meetings, student work is reviewed and case planning is undertaken based upon a discussion of goals, options, strategy choices, and underlying reasoning. Student-attorneys then execute the decisions arising out of the case review meeting, such as conducting client interviews, planning and executing fact investigation and formal discovery, drafting legal documents, and representing the client before courts, agencies, or the legislature.
Civil Litigation Clinic
Criminal Litigation Clinic
Domestic Violence Clinic
Environmental Law Clinic
Juvenile Litigation Clinic
Legislative & Administrative Advocacy/The Public Law Center
Watch this short video to learn more about our Law Clinics.