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Master of Laws Program

For more than 75 years, Tulane Law's Master of Laws (LLM) program has offered students from across the globe a unique and valuable opportunity to pursue advanced legal education.

International Students

Academic Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Laws degree must complete 24 semester hours of coursework. Full-time students are expected to complete the LLM in two semesters (one academic year). LLM students must also write at least one paper in connection with a seminar in their field of interest or in connection with a directed research project.

LLM Students who received a JD or LLB (or equivalent) from a school located outside of the United States must enroll in a three-week summer orientation course, Introduction to US Law. International students must also complete and pass a legal research and writing course.

Student Life

Graduate students at Tulane Law School – both US and international – are fully integrated into the life of the student body. This includes academic resources and social events. Learn more about Student Life and programs for International Students.

International Exchange to LL.M. Transfer Program

International exchange students from Tulane Law’s partner institutions are also eligible for the Exchange Semester to LL.M. Transfer Program. Please visit our International Exchange to LL.M. Transfer Program Page for more information.

Areas of Study

LLM candidates may pursue one of the following degree programs:

 

General LLM Program

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The General LLM program allows students to design their own courses of study. General LLM students may enroll in virtually any course, with the general exception of clinical programs and Trial Advocacy. Some students pursue a broad range of courses, and others focus their choices more narrowly.

General Survey
Many international students use the General LLM program as a way to gain exposure to a variety of areas of US law. They may choose to enroll in a combination of introductory and more advanced courses in a variety of areas. Because the typical first-year courses are open to our graduate students, some choose to take such courses as Torts, Contracts, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Property.

Concentrations
Students find that the General LLM program lends itself to the development of ad hoc concentrations. For example, students interested in Intellectual Property might take Copyright, Intellectual Property, Trademarks and Unfair Competition, Patent Prosecution and Litigation, one or more specialized courses in the area, a Directed Research project supervised by a faculty member who is an expert in the area, and even one or two unrelated courses.
Students interested in international trade might take such courses as: International Trade, Finance & Banking; Financial Institutions; International Tax; International Business Transactions; and a variety of related courses. Students may even find it possible to concentrate in two areas through the General LLM program. Because the General LLM program has no distribution requirements, students are free to make independent choices about the courses in which they enroll.

Summer Abroad Option
Students who enroll in an LLM program have the option to participate in a Tulane Summer Abroad program prior to the start of their fall program. Students will earn 3 credits towards their LLM degree and receive waived tuition. Students are responsible for all travel and housing costs.

LLM in American Law

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This degree is intended primarily for international students who hold a first degree in law (JD or LLB or equivalent) from a non-U.S. law school and who wish to establish eligibility to take a state bar examination in the United States, where permitted by state bar authorities. The degree will give students from foreign jurisdictions a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of U.S. law and the American legal system, as well as an appreciation for law practice in the United States.
The academic program is designed to enable students who earn the degree to satisfy the American law school course requirements of the Bar Admissions Committees of Louisiana and New York. These two U.S. states are among those whose rules permit foreign lawyers to sit for their bar exam subject to, inter alia, completion of certain coursework in American Law. Students seeking to take the bar examinations in these two states, or any other state, must still meet all other eligibility requirements of the state in which they seek to take the bar examination, and are therefore urged to review those requirements at the earliest possible time.

Degree Requirements

The American LLM requires, in addition to the general degree requirements, completion of at least 14 hours of coursework in the following subjects: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Corporations or Business Enterprises, Evidence, Intellectual Property, Federal Civil Procedure, Taxation, Uniform Commercial Code, Torts, or (if planning to take the Louisiana bar exam) Louisiana Civil Procedure or Louisiana Obligations Law. Students seeking this degree are also required to take either Common Law Property or Civil Law Property. Remaining hours of coursework for the degree may be selected from any other courses open to graduate students at Tulane Law School.

Summer Abroad Option

Students who enroll in an LLM program have the option to participate in a Tulane Summer Abroad program prior to the start of their fall program. Students will earn 3 credits towards their LLM degree and receive waived tuition. Students are responsible for all travel and housing costs.

LLM in Admiralty & Maritime Law

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Tulane Law School is known internationally for its admiralty and maritime law program. The city of New Orleans, located near the mouth of the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, is a significant maritime center, and the lower Mississippi River is one of the largest ports in the world. New Orleans itself has the second largest admiralty bar in the United States. As a result of the natural focus on maritime issues in New Orleans, Tulane Law School has become an important center for the study of admiralty and maritime law.

Degree Requirements
To qualify for the degree of LLM in Admiralty, the student must complete at least 13 of the 24 hours required for the degree in admiralty courses. A list of admiralty courses from the current and past two academic years may be found here. Additional admiralty courses, including mini courses, are offered each year by visiting professors from throughout the world.

Students may enroll in this program on a full-time basis, completing it over one year. Attorneys practicing full-time in the New Orleans area may enroll on a part-time basis, completing the program over four consecutive semesters.

Summer Abroad Option
Students who enroll in the Admiralty LLM program have the option to participate in the Tulane Summer Abroad program in Rhodes prior to the start of their fall program. Students will earn 3 credits towards their LLM degree and receive waived tuition. Students are responsible for all travel and housing costs.

For detailed information on curriculum, program resources and activities, please see our Admiralty & Maritime Law page.

LLM in Energy & the Environment

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The Energy & Environmental Law Program has evolved over time from a program concentrating primarily on oil, gas, and energy issues, to one in which the environment holds center stage. Tulane seeks to graduate students who understand not only the theory, but also the practice and advocacy of environmental issues. Among the resources Tulane offers its students are an outstanding and dedicated faculty, the Environmental Law Journal, the Environmental Law Society, the Annual Summit in Environmental Law, and an Institute for Water Resources Law & Policy.

Degree Requirements

The LLM in Energy & Environment requires, in addition to the general degree requirements described earlier, completion of 16 credit hours. Students must enroll in the Graduate Seminar in Energy & Environment as well as two of the following three courses: Pollution ControlNatural Resources, and Energy Law, Regulation and Policy. A list of additional energy and environmental law electives from the current and past two academic years may be found here. Not all of these courses are offered every year. In appropriate circumstances and with the concurrence of the faculty, other courses may be substituted for the courses listed in the third group.

For detailed information on curriculum, program resources and activities, please see our Energy & Environment page.

Summer Abroad Option

Students who enroll in an LLM program have the option to participate in a Tulane Summer Abroad program prior to the start of their fall program. Students will earn 3 credits towards their LLM degree and receive waived tuition. Students are responsible for all travel and housing costs.

LLM in International and Comparative Law

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The breadth and depth of the international and comparative law curriculum at Tulane Law School provide unparalleled opportunities for both US and foreign lawyers to receive a basic foundation in international legal practice. Tulane’s program offers courses in public international law, private international law including international business transactions, and comparative law. In addition to courses in European Union institutions and law, courses in substantive areas of foreign law are available. Tulane’s unique perspective in a historically mixed common law-civil law jurisdiction results in an unusually rich experience for students.

Tulane offers its students a strong faculty with significant international experience and training, an outstanding library, and the resources of the Eason-Weinmann Center for Comparative Law, which brings together outstanding legal scholars from various countries and legal systems for seminars and lectures.

Degree Requirements

All candidates for the LLM in International & Comparative Law must fulfill the General Degree Requirements. In conjunction with those requirements, candidates for this specialty degree are required to enroll in a total of 13 semester hours of international and comparative law courses. All students who have not already taken a public international law course are required to take Public International Law. A list of international and comparative law electives from the current and past two academic years may be found here.

Each student's course of study is at least somewhat dependent upon the background and previous legal education of the individual student and on the student's objectives. For example, US students interested in European legal studies would need exposure to European legal sources and European Community Law. A student from Germany, however, might focus her studies somewhat differently, seeking exposure to common law subjects and to other areas which she would be unlikely to have studied previously. Each student designs his or her course of study with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

For detailed information on curriculum, program resources and activities, please see our International & Comparative Law page.

Summer Abroad Option
Students who enroll in an LLM program have the option to participate in a Tulane Summer Abroad program prior to the start of their fall program. Students will earn 3 credits towards their LLM degree and receive waived tuition. Students are responsible for all travel and housing costs.