The mission of Tulane Law School is to (1) provide its students with a diverse, intellectually rigorous learning environment in which to acquire knowledge of the law in its broad international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary contexts so that they may acquire the professional skills and ethical grounding to become excellent lawyers and leaders in their communities and chosen professions; (2) to promote knowledge and understanding of the law and related disciplines by providing its faculty with the resources and intellectual environment to excel in teaching and scholarship; (3) to ensure that all members of its law school community have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to provide service to the profession and to the local, national, and international community; (4) to create a community, including our alumni, committed to excellence, honesty, openness, diversity and collegiality; and (5) to support and advance through our teaching, scholarship, and service an institutional commitment to justice, equality, the highest ethical standards and a system based upon the rule of law.
Tulane Law School seeks to be a distinctive and distinguished national school with a strong international and comparative focus.
We aspire to be a nationally and internationally recognized center of scholarly excellence. We are committed to producing outstanding and innovative scholarship and to providing an environment that advances scholarly discussion and debate. To this end, we will show unwavering commitment to support our faculty's intellectual goals.
At the same time, Tulane Law School will encourage its faculty to maintain its commitment to excellent teaching. It will support programs, initiatives and innovations that will serve to further enhance the faculty's performance as teachers.
Tulane Law School will continue to draw a diverse group of students from all over the United States and the world. We strive to make Tulane Law School an exciting center of learning for all of our students. We will provide our students with a versatile education in a stimulating environment that will enhance their professional development.
Tulane Law School will take advantage of its location in a city that is a hub of international trade and culture. We will concentrate on specializations that draw on our strengths, as well as remain open to specializations in areas of emerging strengths.
As the first law school in the nation to incorporate a public service requirement into its curriculum, Tulane Law School will remain at the forefront of public service in the unique city of New Orleans, the nation, and the world. We strive to be a multicultural, multi-ethnic, tolerant and inclusive community, providing leadership in many different walks of life.
The Strategic Plan of Tulane Law School, as approved by the faculty, May 2007 (PDF)