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Application instructions are available here on-line and in pdf format.

Application Instructions 

Applications for the JD, LLM, and SJD programs may be accessed and submitted on-line, through the electronic application service of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), www.lsac.org. Hard copy application materials in pdf format can be provided upon request; please e-mail admissions@law.tulane.edu or call 504.865.5930.

Complete the application form in a legible manner.
We prefer applications that have been prepared using the Law School Admission Council's Electronic Applications. This product allows you to use your computer to fill out applications for all ABA-approved law schools. You must electronically transmit your law school application to the LSAC. The LSAC will then transmit your application to Tulane University Law School. Applications submitted to the LSAC for transmission to Tulane University Law School will be considered postmarked on the day they are electronically submitted. The LSAC's electronic application is available at www.lsac.org. Alternatively, you will find a PDF version of Tulane's application here.

Please answer all questions. Some questions may require further explanation on a separate page; you must electronically attach those explanations. You must provide a résumé in addition to answering all questions on the application.

Application Fee
We prefer that you charge the application fee to your credit card through the LSAC. If you prefer to charge the fee to your credit card through Tulane, print out the Credit Card Payment Form in the Supplemental Forms section, and mail it to Tulane along with the Certification Letter. If you prefer to pay the fee by check, mail a check to Tulane Law School with the Certification Letter. 

Application Fee Waivers
If you are requesting an application fee waiver, be sure to forward documentation supporting your request--a letter from your college or university financial aid officer if you are currently enrolled in college, or information about your monthly expenses and income and a copy of your most recent tax return if you are not.  If you are a Teach for America corps member, your application fee will be waived on the basis of a letter from your regional director confirming your status with Teach for America.

There have been instances in which applications have become lost in the mail (or in cyberspace!) and have not reached us. For this reason we suggest that you keep a copy of your application and essay.  If you have not received confirmation or our receipt of your application within four weeks of submission, contact us, as this may mean that we did not receive it.

Please note that it is your responsibility to notify the Admission Office of any change of address so that correspondence will be sure to reach you; do not rely on the post office to forward mail in a timely manner. In addition, it is your responsibility to inform us of any change of circumstances that may affect your admission, for example, disciplinary or criminal charges, or a change in expected graduation date.

We use e-mail to update candidates on the status of their files whenever possible.  We ask for your e-mail address at question 10 on the application form.  Please be sure to distinguish between the numeral "1" and the lower-case letter "L".

Letters of Recommendation and Evaluations
Letters of recommendation and/or evaluations are strongly encouraged. Each letter of recommendation or evaluation should be written by someone who knows you well and who can speak to your academic ability or work performance. It is our preference that no more than three letters of recommendation or evaluations be submitted. We prefer to receive letters of recommendation through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. This service is included in your CAS subscription. Your letters will be copied and sent to us along with your CAS report, or as received thereafter. To use this service, follow the instructions for submitting letters outlined on www.lsac.org. Letters sent directly to the Office of Admission at Tulane Law School are welcome and will be considered.

Violations of Law
Section 11 requires full disclosure of charges, arrests, convictions, guilty and nolo pleas regarding violations of any law.  This includes offenses which resulted in purged, sealed, obliterated, dismissed, or destroyed records, regardless of whether you have been told that you need not disclose any such event.  Many state bar authorities require that the law school provide a copy of your admission application when you apply for admission to a state bar.  If state bar authorities note any discrepancy between answers to questions on the admission application and responses to questions on the state bar application (for example, in response to questions about criminal or disciplinary proceedings, or in response to questions about previous enrollment at educational institutions), they will investigate further.  In some cases, discrepancies of this sort have caused serious problems for recent law school graduates seeking bar admission.  Applicants are cautioned to provide full and accurate responses to all questions on the law school application.

Personal Statement
We require an essay and a statement of interest. These must be typed and attached electronically to your application.

The essay should be used to provide information about yourself that you consider significant to our evaluation of your file. For that reason, general essays on the justice system are not particularly useful or helpful to your chances for admission, nor do we recommend that you simply repeat information provided elsewhere in your application. We want to learn what makes you tick, why you are someone we should want to enroll at Tulane. We are interested in learning about those of your qualities that would be valuable to the legal profession, the law school classroom, and the community. You may wish to describe a significant experience in your life or to discuss your interest in or motivation for attending law school. Avoid using your essay to explain problems with your academic, LSAT, or conduct record, but do ensure that these matters are addressed-preferably in separate enclosures. You are also encouraged to provide, separate from your essay, explanations of factors you feel are relevant to our evaluation of your file. See also question 17 on the application form. 

The statement of interest asks you to describe the reasons why you are interested in enrolling at Tulane.

Receipt of your application and nonrefundable $60 application fee will be acknowledged by the Admission Office.  If you do not receive confirmation of our receipt of your application within four weeks after submitting your application, please contact us, as this may mean we have not received it.

Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Law School Reports
Please note that your Credential Assembly Service (CAS) law school report will be forwarded to us only after you have received a score on the LSAT, and after LSAC has received and analyzed transcripts from all undergraduate schools at which you have been enrolled. Although we will make every effort to notify you if your application remains incomplete, it is ultimately your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete and to confirm that LSAC has forwarded your law school report.

While interviews are not required and are not considered a part of the regular application process, students who wish to visit the Tulane campus and meet with a representative of the school to ask questions about Tulane are welcome to do so.  To arrange for a visit, call the Office of Admission at 504.865.5930, or complete the Schedule a Visit Form.

Complete Application
Complete applications will be reviewed beginning approximately December 1, and decisions will be made on those applications that clearly meet or fail to meet the selection criteria.  Decisions on some applications may be deferred until mid to late spring.  In particular, decisions for candidates who fall in the middle of the applicant pool are unlikely to be made before late April or even May.  A waiting list of candidates with acceptable credentials will be created in late spring.

An application is considered complete and ready for review after we have received the application form with all questions answered, any necessary attachments, the $60 application fee (or documentation supporting a fee waiver), and the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) law school report of LSAT score(s) and transcript analysis.  Failure to furnish a complete application will result in delays in processing.

Financial Aid
Candidates whose applications are accepted earliest receive optimum consideration for merit scholarships and for Perkins loans.  For other need-based aid, it is critical the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received in a timely manner.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Tulane Law School, Office of Admission at admissions@law.tulane.edu or 504.865.5930. The fax number is 504.865.6710.

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For more information:
If you would like us to mail you a copy of our Viewbook or brochures about particular aspects of Tulane Law School, go to our Admission Information Request Form.   Our application materials are available on-line.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Admission at admissions@law.tulane.edu or call 504.865.5930.

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