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Application materials to the JD, LLM, and SJD programs are available in pdf form on this web site and as on-line electronic application materials through the Law School Admission Council electronic application service.

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JD

We strongly urge that applicants use the electronic application service provided by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), available through www.lsac.org. This service is provided without additional charge when you register for LSDAS.  To go directly to Tulane's electronic application, click here

Hard copy application materials in pdf format can be provided upon request; contact admissions@law.tulane.edu or 504.865.5930.

If you intend to apply as a transfer or visiting student, please visit our pages regarding those applications:

You may request a hard copy of our Viewbook and brochures on other topics by clicking here, but application materials are available only on-line.

Applications for the JD program are considered complete when we have received:

  1. The completed application form
  2. The $60 application fee or documentation supporting a fee waiver, unless a waiver has already been granted through LSAC
  3. The LSDAS report, which will include your LSAT score, an analysis of your undergraduate work, and copies of all of your undergraduate transcripts (graduate transcripts will be copied and attached to the report if you arrange for them to be sent to LSAC)
  4. Transcripts of graduate work not submitted to LSAC
  5. Your résumé, electronically attached to your application

We strongly encourage letters of recommendation. We prefer to receive letters of recommendation through the LSAC letter of recommendation service; however, letters sent directly to the Office of Admission at Tulane Law School are welcome and will be considered.

Help make Tulane Law School even greener by applying on-line and sending any additional materials to us through e-mail at admissions@law.tulane.edu.

LLM 

The LLM program is for individuals who already hold the first law degree. The preferred and most reliable application method is to apply on-line.  This link will take you to the Tulane Law School LLM application forms. Support is provided by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).  The Tulane application fee is automatically waived for applicants who apply electronically through the LSAC. We offer the waiver to help offset the costs associated with the LSAC's Credential Assembly Service. We regret that we are unable to offer refunds for any reason.

Hard copy application materials in pdf format can be provided upon request; contact admissions@law.tulane.edu or call 504.865.5930.

LLM applications for fall semester enrollment can be submitted after September 1 of the previous year and as late as May 1, but we strongly encourage candidates to complete the application process by the end of March. This is particularly important for international candidates because of the time required to process visas and immigration documents. Candidates wishing optimal consideration for scholarships should try to complete the application process by March 1.

Applications for the LLM programs are considered complete only when we have received the following:

  1. the completed graduate studies application form
  2. the application fee (we accept personal checks, money orders, and credit card payments)
  3. complete transcripts of work at all colleges, universities, and law schools attended, whether or not a degree was granted. See the Credential Evaluation and Analysis section below for details.
  4. letters of recommendation from two of the candidate's current or former law professors; these may be written on the forms provided or on the recommender's own letterhead. Please note that the letters should be sent to us or to the LSAC directly from the recommenders and should not be sent by the candidate.
  5. English proficiency testing is NOT required if the applicant's native language is English or if English was the language of instruction during the applicant's first law degree. All other applicants should arrange for Tulane Law to receive an official test score report.

    Applicants who must complete English proficiency testing should take:

    • The TOEFL internet-based test , or
    • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or
    • The TOEFL paper-based test , along with the Test of Written English (TWE)

    The vast majority of our admissible applicants achieve a score of 575 or higher on the TOEFL paper test or 90 or higher on the TOEFL Internet-based test. Successful applicants who take the TWE typically receive a score of 3.5 or higher. The vast majority of our admissible applicants who take the IELTS achieve a band score of 7 or higher.

    Tulane Law School accepts TOEFL and IELTS scores for up to three years after the test administration. Please request that ETS forward TOEFL scores to Tulane Law School (Institution #6832, Department 3). Please request that IELTS test scores be sent to Tulane Law School, Office of Admission – Graduate Programs, 6329 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
     
 Credential Evaluation and Analysis
  
If you earned a JD from a law school in the US, purchase only the Document Assembly Service. LSAC will include copies of your transcripts and letters of recommendation in your law school report—no transcript analysis is necessary.

If you earned your first degree in law from an institution outside of the US, you should purchase the Document Assembly Service to have your letters of recommendation, English proficiency score(s), and electronic applications forwarded to Tulane Law School. In addition to the Document Assembly Service, you will need to purchase the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service, which is offered in cooperation with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). This includes the authentication and evaluation of transcripts/mark sheets, copies of degrees/diplomas, degree and graduation certificates, and rank statements so that US law schools better understand your academic credentials.

Use of the LLM Credential Assembly Service is strongly preferred. However, Tulane Law School will consider transcript evaluation or analysis provided by World Education Services (WES). The evaluation or analysis should be sent directly to Tulane Law School by WES.

Transcript analysis or evaluation completed by a grant program such as Fulbright will also be accepted provided the documents are sent directly from the program administrator to Tulane Law School.

If, due to extenuating circumstances, you believe that you would be unable to have your transcripts sent via one of these channels, please contact the Office of Admission to discuss your individual circumstances. 

SJD  

The SJD program is for individuals who already hold an LLM degree. Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line (support is provided by the Law School Admission Council, LSAC).  This method enables candidates to complete the application materials on-line, upload attachments, and submit the application over the Internet. Hard copy application materials can be provided upon request; contact admissions@law.tulane.edu or call 504.865.5930.

 1. Complete the Application Form  

  • You must answer all questions completely and accurately. Some questions may require further explanation; you must electronically attach those explanations as instructed with the application itself.
  • Please provide a personal statement or essay as required by the application. The statement should be used to provide information about yourself and your interests that you consider significant to our evaluation of your file.
  • Provide a brief description of your reasons for wishing to pursue the SJD at Tulane Law School.
  • Provide a brief statement describing the area of law you will pursue as a candidate for the SJD.
  • Submit a résumé or curriculum vitae. 
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged: (1) to identify one or more Tulane Law School faculty members who might appropriately supervise their SJD research, and (2) contact those faculty members directly to determine if they have an interest in your proposed topic and if they are able and willing to serve as your supervisor for the dissertation topic you have proposed.  Provide an addendum naming the faculty members at Tulane Law School whom you have contacted about your work, and include a description of their level of interest in your work.  An applicant’s inability to secure faculty interest in their research does not preclude the applicant from applying to Tulane Law School; however, it significantly reduces the likelihood of admission to the SJD program.
  • If applicable, submit a list of citations of any published work, and submit copies of any unpublished relevant writing as evidence of ability to perform scholarly research.

 2. Official transcripts  

  • Tulane Law School requires complete, official transcripts of work at all colleges, universities, and law schools attended, whether or not a degree was granted.
  • If your law transcripts do not include your class rank, arrange for Tulane to receive documentation from your law schools indicating your class rank and/or an evaluation of your strength as a student as compared to others in your graduating class. A rank is requested for your first law degree as well as for your LLM degree.
  • We encourage use of the LLM Credential Assembly Service provided by the Law School Admission Council, LSAC.org.
  • Alternatively, you may arrange for transcripts to be sent directly to Tulane, along with an authorized translation. Transcripts may not be sent by the candidate, even if in a sealed and signed envelope. Transcripts should be sent to the address found below:

Tulane Law School

Office of Admission – Graduate Programs

6329 Freret Street

New Orleans, LA 70118 

3. Three Letters of Recommendation  

  • Letters of recommendation should be written by someone who knows you well and can speak of your academic ability or work experience.
  • We prefer to receive letters of recommendation through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. Letters should be mailed by the recommender directly to the LSAC.
  • Alternatively, letters can be sent by the recommender directly to Tulane Law School. Letters of recommendation should be scanned by e-mail to hmarinar@tulane.edu or mailed to the following address: 

Tulane Law School

Office of Admission – Graduate Programs

6329 Freret Street

New Orleans, LA 70118 

4. Non-Refundable $100 Application Fee 

  • The application fee may be paid through the LSAC. Contact the Tulane Law School Admission Office if you would like to pay by check or money order. 

5. Official TOEFL Score Report or Official IELTS Score Report 

English proficiency testing is NOT required if the applicant's native language is English or if English was the language of instruction during the applicant's first law degree. All other applicants should arrange for Tulane Law to receive an official test score report.

Applicants who must complete English proficiency testing should take:

  • The TOEFL internet-based test , or
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or
  • The TOEFL paper-based test , along with the Test of Written English (TWE)

The vast majority of our admissible applicants achieve a score of 575 or higher on the TOEFL paper test or 90 or higher on the TOEFL Internet-based test. Successful applicants who take the TWE typically receive a score of 3.5 or higher. The vast majority of our admissible applicants who take the IELTS achieve a band score of 7 or higher.

Tulane Law School accepts TOEFL and IELTS scores for up to three years after the test administration. Please request that ETS forward TOEFL scores to Tulane Law School (Institution #6832, Department 3). Please request that IELTS test scores be sent to Tulane Law School, Office of Admission – Graduate Programs, 6329 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70118.

 6. SJD Research Proposal 

  • The research proposal should include a description of your proposed research topic along with a summary of the research that has already been done by you in the proposed area.
  • The proposal should also include a list of any work that has already been published by you in the proposed area.
  • The SJD Committee will review the proposal to determine whether it has promise of making an original and significant contribution to legal scholarship and to determine whether the proposal is in an area in which a permanent, full-time faculty member is able to offer meaningful supervision. 
  • Most successful proposals are at least 30 - 50 pages in length.

 

Visiting Scholars and Researchers 
Individuals wishing to spend one or two semesters as Visiting Scholars or Visiting Researchers at Tulane University Law School are invited to apply.  All visiting scholars must have a faculty sponsor (a full-time, permanent member of the Tulane Law School faculty).  Applicants for visiting scholar or researcher status must complete an application form, provide a well-articulated proposal for the research to be undertaken at Tulane, and pay the Visiting Scholar/Researcher mandatory fees.

Visit the Visiting Scholars page for more information.



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