Candidates must present an LSAT score from a test administered no more than five years prior to planned enrollment.
Most candidates for admission will hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution that is a member of its regional accrediting association by the time they will enroll in the JD program. However, some exceptional students may be admitted on the basis of having completed three-quarters of the work toward a four-year baccalaureate degree. (At least 90 percent of this work must be in courses of substantial intellectual content.) In other words, Tulane Law School is willing to consider for admission exceptional candidates who will have completed only three-quarters of the work required for a bachelor's degree.
Candidates must subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) of LSAC and arrange for LSAC to receive official transcripts from all colleges and universities at which the candidate has enrolled for any length of time, whether or not a degree was conferred.
There is no ideal undergraduate major and no magic set of courses that will best prepare a student for law school. Undergraduate students are well advised to enroll in courses that interest them and to pursue undergraduate education for its own sake, not as a means to getting into law school. Because the law touches every aspect of our society, prospective lawyers should attempt to gain exposure to a wide variety of disciplines and methodologies. Law study will be more valuable to those who can draw on the broadest possible range of ideas and experiences.
Students should develop analytical and communication skills. Because law study and practice demand the articulation of ideas in persuasive and precise terms, proficiency in writing is essential. These skills can be obtained from the study of any number of disciplines. Every law student brings to the classroom, and to his or her own legal education, unique perspectives and expertise. What is important is having pursued some area well and in depth-be it math, history, accounting, or literature-rather than the particular area studied.
To summarize, Tulane is interested not so much in what a candidate has studied, but in demonstrations of the benefit of such study, the seriousness with which it was undertaken, and the quality of the student's performance.
3/3 Program for Tulane Undergraduates
Tulane University Law School offers the following program for eligible Tulane students at Newcomb-Tulane College (NTC) and the School of Continuing Studies (SCS). Qualified undergraduates of NTC or SCS may apply for admission to Tulane Law School during the junior year (or credit-count equivalent). If admitted, students enroll as full-time law students during what would otherwise be the senior year. At the successful conclusion of that year, the BA or BS is awarded. After two more years of full-time law study, the JD is awarded. This program enables students to receive the BA/BS and the JD in as few as six years.
LSAT Test Waiver (Fall 2016 Applicants Only)
Students wishing to apply to Tulane Law School under the 3/3 Program need not take the LSAT provided that they meet the following two requirements and are applying for Fall 2016 admission. The LSAT waiver program is discontinued starting with the Fall 2017 entering class:
• The student, upon initial admission to a Tulane undergraduate program, submitted an SAT composite score of 1850, or an ACT composite score of 27.
• The student must also have at least a 3.50 undergraduate GPA through 4 semesters of full-time undergraduate work (for NTC) or 56 credits (for SCA), and must maintain at least that 3.50 GPA in order to enroll in the law school after 6 semesters of academic work.
If the Tulane student does not meet both requirements for an LSAT Waiver, they may still apply for admission via the 3/3 program provided they present a valid LSAT score. This includes students in Tulane's School of Continuing Studies who must complete 91 credit hours (rising senior status) to be eligible to enroll at the law school via the 3/3 program. SCS students may consult with the prelaw advisor of NTC to learn more about the 3/3 program requirements but your primary academic advisor remains your SCS program director.
How to Apply for Admission Via the 3/3 program
♦ Meet with a pre-law advisor to discuss your interest and eligibility. Ideally, this would take place at the end of your sophomore year or at the beginning of your junior year.
♦ Complete the eligibility form provided by the pre-law advisor and return it to him/her. This entails gathering the signature of your major advisor who can certify that you will have completed all of your major requirements by the end of your junior year. You will also need the signature of your academic advisor, who can certify that you will have completed all of your core requirements prior to possible law school enrollment. You must complete your core and your major requirements by the end of May prior to the August in which you seek to enroll at the law school. Your first-year law courses can only count towards the total credit count necessary to graduate from Tulane--not towards your core curriculum, major or distribution requirements.
♦ Apply to Tulane Law School. The online application is available via the Law School Admissions Council. You must set up an account at www.LSAC.org. No special application form is necessary to apply via the 3/3 program.