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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in the program?

Students who have completed the first year of full-time law study, or its equivalent in part-time study, and are in good standing at their current law school are eligible to attend any of Tulane's summer abroad programs. Students must supply a proof of enrollment letter from their current school verifying that they are in good standing and are eligible to return. Graduate students in other disciplines may apply and attend on a case-by-case basis. Law school graduates and practicing attorneys may attend the programs as auditors. According to Louisiana Supreme Court MCLE regulations,practicing attorneys are eligible to claim six (6) hours of CLE credit for each hour of academic credit awarded by the school.

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Can evening/part time students apply?

Evening/part time students may apply if they will have completed their first year of law by the start of the program.

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Can International students apply?

International students are encouraged to apply for the Rio Program. Tuition for international students is discounted. Visit Policies, Application Procedures and Tuition for rates.

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What is the maximum number of credits that I can receive

A maximum of 5 credit hours can be earned from the Rio program.

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Why can’t I receive more than 6 ABA credits?

ABA regulations only allow students to receive credit hours according to the following formula: one semester hour for each 700 minutes of class time or equivalent. Also, ABA regulations prohibit students from receiving more than 1.5 semester credit hours for each week of the program, and students cannot be enrolled in more than 220 class minutes per day. Based upon this formula, students cannot receive more than 6 credits from the Rio program.

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Does this program fulfill any Tulane Law School requirements or Certificate Programs?

Yes, the Rio courses count towards the completion of the Environmental Law Certificate for Tulane Law School JD Students.

How do I submit my deposit?

You can submit your deposit online, by credit card, through our online application.  For payment by check, deposit forms should be mailed to:

Tulane Law School
International Legal Programs
6329 Freret Street, Suite 259
New Orleans, LA 70118-9923

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Are applications accepted until the program is full or is it selective?


Applications are accepted until the program is full. Admission is on a first come basis, as long as students meet the eligibility requirements. In 2014, 30 students will be admitted to participate and attend the course.

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What are the steps to apply?

1. Fill out an online application.

2. Pay your deposit.

3. Send in a letter of good standing from your home school if you are not a Tulane student.

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Are there any scholarships available?

Unfortunately, Tulthere are no scholarships or tuition waivers available through Tulane Law School for our summer programs abroad, but we have compiled a list of outside scholarships that students may be eligible for: Outside Scholarship Opportunities.

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How do I get financial aid?

More information about Summer Abroad Aid is available on the Financial Aid Section of this website.  

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Where do I send my consortium agreement?

Non-Tulane students must submit their consortium agreement to the following address:

Office of Financial Aid
Weinmann Hall, Ste. 203
6329 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Fax Number: 504-865-6710

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Who is eligible to participate in the program? 

Can evening/part time students apply? 

Can international students apply? 

What is the maximum number of credits that I can receive? 

Why can’t I receive more than 3 ABA credits per session? 

Does this program fulfill any Tulane Law School requirements or Certificate Programs? 

How do I submit my deposit? 

Are applications accepted until the program is full or is it selective? 

What are the steps to apply? 

Are there any scholarships available? 

How do I get financial aid? 

Where do I send my consortium agreement? 

I’ve heard I need 5 credits to receive financial aid, is this true? 

How will I know if I get in to the program? How long is the wait from when I apply to when I hear if I am accepted? 

Where do I send my letter of good standing? 

How do I switch courses from the ones I originally selected on my application? 

When should I arrive/leave? 

What airport should I fly into? 

Where can I find more information about the program? 

Do I need a visa? 

How can I meet other program students prior to the program? 

Are there any required courses? 

What do I do if I need to cancel? 

What is the deadline to apply? 

Are there any other deadlines I should be aware of? 

What do I do if I cannot pay my tuition by the tuition deadline? 

Is there an internship component to the program?  

Who can I contact for more information or resources regarding internships? 

How do I review my grades for the program? 

How do I pay my tuition for the program? 

How do I find my Tulane Email Address? 

Will my school receive an official transcript of my grades?  Who should I contact for a transcript of my grades? 

What types of activities will be provided by the program? 

Will I need to bring any business attire with me? 

How do I get housing in Rio? 

If your question is not in the list above, or on the Policies, Procedures and Tuition section, Ask the Summer Abroad Team!  

 

I’ve heard I need 5 credits to receive financial aid, is this true?

In order to borrow Federal Loans, you must be enrolled at least half-time.  If you are enrolled less than half time, your only option for summer loan funding is a private credit-based loan.

Students who have not borrowed the annual $20,500 maximum limit for Federal Stafford Loans during the current academic year may inquire about borrowing Federal Stafford Loan funds for summer sessions. Students who have exhausted these Stafford loan limits during for the current academic year may be interested in pursuing the Federal Gradate PLUS Loan for the summer, which is a leniently-credit-based Federal loan with a set interest rate of 8.5%.

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How will I know if I get in to the program?  How long is the wait from when I apply to when I hear if I am accepted?

You will be admitted to the program, if space is still available, once your deposit has been received. You will receive a confirmation email from Chana Lewis, confirming your enrollment and your course selection, once you are admitted. You will receive a reply within two business days.

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Where do I send my letter of good standing?

Your letter of good standing should be mailed to the following address:

Tulane Law School
Office of Academic Services
6329 Freret Street, Suite 204
New Orleans, LA 70118-9923

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How do I switch courses from the ones I originally selected on my application?


You will have the opportunity to change your course selection when you arrive at the program. However, due to financial aid requirements, if you change the number of credit hours you plan to take, please complete the following course change form. Be aware that if you receive financial aid for courses which you do not complete, your loan might be canceled or your loan amount might be billed back to you and returned to your lender.

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When should I arrive/leave?

Students must arrive the morning of Tuesday, May 13 and leave the afternoon of Saturday, June 7.

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What airport should I fly into?

How to get to Rio de Janeiro...

International flights arrive at the Tom Jobim International Airport, sometimes known by its earlier name, Galeão. The international airport identification code for this airport is “GIG”. It is located about is 13 miles or 30 minutes away from downtown Rio de Janeiro by car.

As indicated above, IF YOU ARRIVE BETWEEN the hours of 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM on theMONDAY before the session, you can arrange to be picked up from the airport. You are responsible for sending your complete flight itinerary to the U.S. Program Coordinator, Chana Lewis, by email, no later than April 29, 2014. Only written requests will be accepted. Most international flights arrive during the time frame above, but not all.

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Where can I find more information about the program?

More information about the Rio de Janeiro Program can be found on the other tabs like this one at the top of the website. Once you’ve read through all the information, if you still have questions, contact Chana Lewis, or by phone at 504-865-5990, Professor Colin Crawford for more information.

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Do I need a visa?

Yes, U.S. citizens and permanent residents need a visa to enter Brazil and need a valid passport in order to obtain one. Non-U.S. nationals should consult the embassies and/or consulates of their countries for entry requirements.  This can take as long as six weeks. As a result, advance planning is essential. Where you apply for a visa depends on your state of residence.

Visas can be obtained either in person or, depending on the rules of the Brazilian Consulate with responsibility for your jurisdiction, by mail or by using a visa service. In order to find out your options, please contact the Brazilian Consulate in the U.S. responsible for your jurisdiction.

A list of the consulates is available at: http://www.rio.com/visa-consulates 

Should you wish to apply in person, it is important to know that you need two full days. In most cases, no Brazilian consular office will accept a visa application and issue the visa on the same day. As of this writing, your visa must be used for the first time within 90 days of issuance. However, as soon as you register for the program you are advised to check the relevant Web site for application details and visa application fees.  

We have asked the Consulate on repeated occasions to clarify what kind of visa students and faculty in our Program should apply for. Although students have in the past entered Brazil with tourist visas, we have been instructed by the Brazilian Embassy to ask students to apply for a student visa (VITEM-I). Please check with your regional Consulate for more information, including fees and filing requirements. We will provide you with any verification letters or documentation necessary to help you in this process with your welcome materials.

You will need to complete a criminal background check for the visa. You can pick up this form at your local police station. For more information on the criminal background check, visit http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/abroad/legal-matters/criminal-record-check.html.

In addition, before you leave for Brazil, we MUST have a photocopy of the principal page of your passport and a photocopy of your visa.

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How can I meet other program students prior to the program?

With your welcome information, once you are admitted to the program, you will receive details of a Facebook group, in which you can meet other program students. Also, on your application, you can select to share your contact information with other participants.

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Are there any required courses?

There are no required courses or prerequisites for any of the courses.

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What do I do if I need to cancel?

If, after you send in your application and tuition deposit of $200, you decide to withdraw, your tuition will be refunded less the deposit if we receive written notice of your withdrawal two weeks prior to the start date of your program. You must submit in writing, to lawabroad@tulane.edu, your intentions to withdraw. Oral notification will not be accepted. Written notification to anyone other than Chana Lewis will not suffice as a withdrawal. Receipt of withdrawal must be received from Chana Lewis.  

You may send your written notice of withdrawal to:

Chana Lewis
lawabroad@tulane.edu 

Office of International Legal Programs
Tulane Law School
6329 Freret Street, Suite 259
New Orleans, LA 70118-9923

After the deadline listed above and prior to the start of the program we will refund the tuition minus the deposit only due to extenuating circumstances. No housing fees will be refunded.

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Is there an internship component to the program?

There is an internship component to the Paris program.  Students must speak fluent French in order to qualify.
To apply, please complete our internship application form.

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Who can I contact for more information or resources regarding internships?

The Program Director and Chana Lewis may serve as a resource to you for questions regarding available internships.

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What is the deadline to apply?

There is no deadline to apply.

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Are there any other deadlines I should be aware of?

- Letters of Good Standing must be in by the start of the program.

- Tuition is due by May 31.

For 2014, there will be an additional deposit required in order to secure your place in the Rio 2014 program. Specifically, on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, an additional deposit of $300.00 is required. If not received by that date, a student's place in the program may be forfeited.

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What do I do if I cannot pay my tuition by the tuition deadline?

Please contact Accounts Receivable,(504) 865-5368, for any information regarding tuition deadlines, or late payments, as late fees are assessed directly by their office, and not by Tulane Law School. The balance of all tuition and housing charges are due by May 31. Any outstanding payments for tuition or housing charges which are not paid by the date listed above will be subject to a finance charge assessed at 18% per annum. Failure to pay by this date, however, will not result in your being dropped from the program. *No credit for participation in the program(s) will be granted if any participant fails to pay all tuition and housing expenses in full.

Please visit our Tuition, Policies and Procedures section for more information. 

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How do I get housing in Rio?

To reserve housing, select the housing type you desire on the Summer Abroad Application. Housing costs will be billed through Tulane's Accounts Receivable Office along with tuition. Dormitory accommodations will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.Your housing reservation will be considered submitted once we have received your deposit and you are fully enrolled in the program.

Housing will be offered through the Edificio Jucati, an apartment rental complex. The Edifício Jucati has 55 large apartments (about 45m2). The room facilities include bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. There are many options for accommodations, as you can pick a single apartment, a single room in a walkthrough double apartment and a double room.

You are welcome to find your own housing in Rio, but housing is becoming very expensive in Rio because of the increase in tourism. Please notice that finding housing on you own will be a complex task this year as the 2014 World Cup is being held in Rio.

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How do I review my grades for the program?

Grades will not be posted prior to thirty days from the completion of the program. Once grades are received and posted at the end of the program, you will be able to access your grades via Gibson online (https://gibson.tulane.edu/) using your Tulane email address and password to log in.  You may also request transcripts through Gibson.  Select the Grades link to view your grades for the Summer term.

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How do I pay my tuition for the program?

Tuition is due by May 31. If you do not pay by that date you will not be dropped from the program, you will, however, be assessed a finance charge if your payment is not received by that time. The finance charge is assessed directly by Tulane University’s Accounts Receivable Office. Further questions regarding your tuition bill or finance charges should be directed to Accounts Receivable (504-865-5368 or 800-798-7633) or via e-mail (acctrec@tulane.edu).  

You can pay your bill online at https://gibson.tulane.edu. See above for instructions on how to log in. Once logged in, the most efficient and timely way to make a payment to your account is to pay online through the Netpay link on Gibson, charging your checking or savings account. Checking or savings account payments are received automatically Monday through Friday and there are no convenience fees added. Tulane does accept MasterCard, American Express and Discover card credit card payments made online through Netpay. Tulane does not accept VISA for Accounts Receivable payments. There is a convenience fee assessed for all credit card transactions. Accounts Receivable does not accept payments in the office or by phone.

Checks or money orders should be mailed to:
Tulane University
Bursar Office, Bruff Commons
31 McAlister Drive
New Orleans, LA 70118

NOTE: If you do send a check, please write your name and student ID number on the check or include it with your payment. Please do not mail cash payments. Do not send tuition payments to the Law School.  

Questions regarding your tuition bill should be directed to Accounts Receivable (504-865-5368 or 800-798-7633) or via e-mail (acctrec@tulane.edu).

Please visit our Tuition, Policies and Procedures section for more information. 

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How do I find my Tulane Email Address / Gibson Online Login Information?

You should have received your username and password in two emails from Tulane University Technology Services.  If you are unable to locate these, you can reset your password by visiting https://password.tulane.edu/ using the alternate email you provided on your application.


If you continue to have trouble logging in to http://gibson.tulane.edu, you can contact Technology Services directly by any of the four methods below:

1) Write help@tulane.edu 

2) Call us Monday through Friday 7AM - 7PM, at 504-862-8888 or 866-276-1428.

3) Search the Knowledge Base at https://tulane.service-now.com/kb  

4) Go to the TSNOC online at https://tulane.service-now.com/ 

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Will my school receive an official transcript of my grades?  Who should I contact for a transcript of my grades?

Transcripts are not automatically sent to your home school.You must request a transcript through the Tulane University Registrar’s Office (via the link on Gibson).  You may also request your transcript from the Registrar’s Office by submitting a transcript request form located at http://www.registrar.tulane.edu, under the Transcript Request link.


NOTE: If you have any problems submitting your requests, you may contact the Registrar’s office directly at registra@tulane.edu They should be able to help you.

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What types of activities will be provided by the program?

In addition to regularly scheduled classes, there are social and educational activities organized by Tulane. Many in fact— to the Attorney General, to federal courts, to the federal public defender and, e.g., in case of specialized areas like environmental, a boat trip with a biologist to study the Bay, and a visit to the rain forest. In the urban law course, visits to shantytowns to see the urban improvements, and a visit to the single water treatment plant that serves 10 million people. You will receive a calendar of events when you arrive in Rio.

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Will I need to bring any business attire with me?

You should bring business casual attire for court visits and other such occasions. Students in the business law courses should have one form of business dress. Students should remember that it will be winter there and while it is a tropical country, they might not always want to be wearing shorts, flip-flops etc. And to enter the building where classes are held, men must wear shirts with sleeves and long trousers and women must wear slacks or dresses. No one is allowed to enter in shorts, or very short skirts in the case of women, or sandals or flip flops. They will turn you back if so dressed.

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