Introduction to the Law of the United States
Admitted graduate students who received the first law degree from a law school outside of the United States are required to participate in and complete the graduate orientation course, An Introduction to the Law of the United States, scheduled in advance of the fall semester. The State of New York Court of Appeals has determined that this course qualifies as a basic American law course for purposes of eligibility to take the New York state bar examination.
An Introduction to the Law of the United States is designed to familiarize students with the methods and structure of US law and legal education. The course includes almost 50 instructional hours in US substantive law topics and introductory training in legal research and writing and law examination skills. The course also includes organized extra-curricular activities that help introduce students to each other, to Tulane University, and to the city and culture of New Orleans. This course is a fundamental part of the law school's graduate curriculum and is required for all incoming law students who hold a law degree awarded outside of the United States, including those from common-law jurisdictions (for example, the United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada). Students with law degrees awarded in Puerto Rico are strongly urged to take this course.
The course meets prior to the start of the fall semester while the campus and School are still relatively quiet and unpopulated. Our new LLM students are therefore able to use the relaxed atmosphere to their advantage to meet with faculty and administration, become familiar with the campus and its services, find housing, and build relationships with each other. During this time, LLM students meet with academic advisors and select their courses for the fall semester.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Some admitted Tulane Law School LLM students will be required to take the ESL course during the summer prior to the start of fall classes. The English as a Second Language course is a three-week intensive language course designed to improve students' abilities to communicate effectively in English at a professional level. Special emphasis will be placed on improving listening comprehension and oral presentation skills. The course will be taught for international LLM students at Tulane Law School and international MBA students at Tulane's A.B. Freeman School of Business.
All international students must obtain a student visa in order to study in the United States. The first step in the process of obtaining the F-1 student visa is to obtain the I-20 from Tulane. International students who intend to enroll must provide the Office of Admission with the following before an I-20 can be processed:
- Full commitment deposit
- Statement of Adequate Funding form, completed
- Affidavit of Support form, completed
Once we receive a commitment deposit, the Office of Admission will provide the student with the Statement of Adequate Funding and Affidavit of Support forms (these forms will be available after the 2011-12 cost of attendance is set in the spring). After the forms are completed and returned to the Office of Admission, we will request that the Tulane Office of International Students and Scholars process the I-20. The completed I-20 will be given to us, and we will mail it to the student.
Introduction to the US Legal System