What many do not realize is that New Orleans is home to every layer of the state judicial system-trial, appeal, and Supreme-and to all but the US Supreme Court in the federal system. In addition to the US Magistrates and US District Courts for the Eastern District of New Orleans, US Bankruptcy Courts are here, as well as administrative law judges for certain federal agencies and the NLRB. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit also holds arguments in New Orleans. As the legal center of the state, the city has hundreds of law firms and other legal employers, such as the District Attorney and the US Attorneys' offices, the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation, and many more.
At the Law School, students find innumerable opportunities to develop the skills they will need in the workplace and to engage in activities that will make them more marketable to employers.
Tulane law students have writing opportunities in the many advanced seminars offered by the faculty. In addition, they have writing and editing opportunities through the journals published by Tulane Law School. These journals are:
The Law School's competitive Moot Court program is designed to develop students' advocacy skills at both trial and appellate levels. The program is organized and directed by the Moot Court Board, comprised of students with superior scholastic standing and demonstrated skill in oral and written advocacy. Separate intra-school competitions are conducted for second- and third-year students, in both trial and appellate forums. Preliminary rounds are judged by local practicing attorneys, and final rounds are held before state or federal judges, often in their downtown courtrooms. The Moot Court Board also fields teams for the inter-school competitions in which Tulane students compete. Tulane's teams have experienced considerable success on the national level.
In addition to its clinical programs, the Law School offers a rich and varied externship program that permits selected second- and third-year students to serve as externs in a variety of settings. Third-year students may engage in year-long externships with federal district judges, US Magistrates, US Bankruptcy Judges, and Louisiana Court of Appeal judges in New Orleans. Externships are also available with the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of the Administrative Law Judges at the regional office of the US Department of Labor, concentrating on maritime law, and the US Attorney's office. Both second- and third-year students may pursue one-semester externships, including the Domestiv Violence Externship and the Public Interest Externship. Students may pursue summer externships as well.
Through the generosity of donors, many lecture series have been endowed at the law school. These include:
Ashton Phelps Lecture on First Amendment Law
Dermot S. McGlinchey Lecture on Federal Litigation
Eason-Weinmann Lecture on Comparative Law
Eberhard P. Deutsch Lecture on International Law
George Abel and Mathilde Schwab Dreyfous Lecture in Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Jay Altmayer Visiting Professorship
John Minor Wisdom Lecture
Wendell H. Gauthier Lecture in Applied Trial Advocacy
William Tetley Maritime Law Lecture
In addition, Tulane Law School has been fortunate to host other prominent lecturers each year, many from abroad. The Jay Altmayer Visiting Professorship is one example. Through this program, a professor from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Law School teaches a four-week course at Tulane in an area concerning Jewish or Israeli law.
Other programs of the Law School to which students have access are Institutes and Continuing Legal Education programs which attract hundreds of practicing lawyers. Students are encouraged to attend the educational portion of any program, free of charge. These programs are often an excellent way to meet and network with attorneys practicing in students' fields of interest. Click here for more information on Institutes and Continuing Legal Education.