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Certificates & Concentrations

Tulane Law is proud to offer Juris Doctor (JD) candidates the opportunity to pursue a certificate of concentration in areas that draw upon our curricular strengths and the expertise of our faculty. 

Maritime Law

Tulane’s Admiralty Law Program offers more admiralty and maritime law courses than any other law school in the United States. The courses are taught by members of the full time faculty, distinguished visiting professors and judges from around the world, and experienced practitioners from the local admiralty bar.

Candidates may use a portion of their elective hours during the second and third years of law school to obtain the Certificate of Concentration in Maritime Law. Students must complete and pass Admiralty I and Admiralty II, plus additional full-semester admiralty courses, for a total of 12 credit hours.

Civil Law

Tulane has taught both common and civil law courses for more than 160 years and takes pride in fostering exceptional civil law scholarship both in Louisiana and across the globe. For students who plan to practice internationally or in civil law jurisdictions, Tulane offers an assortment of civil and comparative law courses unavailable at most law schools.

To earn the Civil Law Certificate, students must complete and pass a total of 15 credits in courses chosen from the following three basic groups: Fundamental Principles, Obligations, and Special Contracts; Persons and Family Property; and Property and Procedure. An additional 3 hours may be taken from these groups or from a list of civil law enrichment courses provided each year.

Environmental Law

As a leader in environmental legal education since 1979, Tulane’s Program in Energy & the Environment is one of a relatively small number of national programs offering a certificate in Environmental Law for J.D. students. Our program is designed to prepare students for the legal problems they will confront in practice, whether on behalf of government agencies, industrial clients, private litigants, or public interest groups.

Students must complete two foundation courses chosen from Pollution Control, Natural Resources, and Administrative Law and nine credits of additional study from an array of environmental or energy law electives.

European Legal Studies

Tulane's commitment to opportunities for international and comparative study led to the development of a certificate of specialization in European Legal Studies. By enrolling in elective courses in European Union law and related areas, JD students can receive this certificate along with the Juris Doctor diploma.

The Certificate requires completion of 15 credit hours of electives, such as European Legal Systems, European Union: Business Law & European Union: Constitutional Law, International Business Transactions, Transnational Litigation, and Obligations.

International & Comparative Law

Tulane Law’s capacity to teach the world’s two preeminent legal systems is one of our greatest strengths: The intermingling of legal systems in Tulane’s curriculum sparked the development of our Comparative and International Law Program, which prepares students to tackle complex legal issues at home and across the globe.

To earn a certificate in International and Comparative Law, students must complete and pass two foundation courses in comparative law, public international law, or transnational litigation and an additional nine credits of international and comparative law courses.

Sports Law

Tulane’s Sports Law Program enables students to understand and deal with the challenging legal and business problems regularly confronting people in the sports industry.

Students must complete a prescribed curriculum of subjects critical to a comprehensive understanding of the field, including two sports law courses covering professional and amateur sports, Antitrust, Labor Law and Intellectual Property. Recommended courses include Income Tax, Business Enterprises and additional skills electives.

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