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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.

Application materials in pdf format can be found here.

If you would like to request a hard copy of our Graduate Programs catalog, click here

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, official transcripts of work at all colleges, universities, and law schools attended, whether or not a degree was granted. If the transcript is not written in English, we will need an authorized translation in addition to the original.  Please note that transcripts must be sent to us or to LSAC directly from the college, university, or law school that you attended.  Trancripts may not be sent by the candidate, even if in a sealed and signed envelope.
  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

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.

Application materials in pdf format can be found here.

Each candidate wishing to be considered for the SJD program must fulfill the following requirements. Please note that SJD applications must be complete by April 1.

  1. Complete the SJD Application
  2. Submit the SJD application fee of $100.00 US.
  3. Submit complete, official transcripts of work at all law schools, colleges and universities attended, whether or not a degree was received. If the transcript is not written in English, we will need an authorized translation in addition to the original.  Transcripts must be sent to us or to LSAC directly by your educational institution.  Transcripts are not acceptable if they are sent by the applicant, even if in a sealed and signed envelope.
  4. Arrange for the committee to receive letters of recommendation from three current or former professors who can  knoweldgeably evaluate your academic ability and promise as a scholar.  The letters may be written on the forms provided by Tulane or on the professor'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
     
  6. Submit a detailed proposal for the research to be undertaken in fulfillment of the SJD degree. The proposal should include a description of research already done by you in the proposal area, as well as a description of any work you have already written or published. The proposal should make clear the value of the proposed topic to the advancement of understanding of the law. The proposal should also make clear your ability to address the topic fully. The research project outlined must make an original and significant contribution to legal scholarship.
  7. Submit any published work or other relevant writing as evidence of your ability to perform scholarly research.
  8. The SJD Committee generally meets in April to consider candidates for admission and announces its decisions in late April or early May.

Please note that Tulane does not assign faculty advisors until the candidate's application materials have been reviewed and the candidate has been offered admission to the SJD program. 
 

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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