Areas of Concentration

Tulane Law is proud to offer a curriculum that mixes traditional and more concentrated legal studies. 

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Like other national law schools, Tulane provides courses in conventional areas like commercial law, family law, wills and trusts, real estate, taxation, public law and litigation. But we also offer programs in uniquely focused areas, including civil law, international and comparative law, admiralty and maritime law, environmental law and sports law. 

Admiralty & Maritime Law

Tulane Law offers more courses and activities in admiralty and maritime law than any other school in the world. Tulane is also uniquely suited to teach students in this highly specialized area, given our location in a city that holds one of the world’s largest international ports and the country’s second-largest admiralty bar.

Energy & Environment

No other state offers a better laboratory for studying energy and environmental law than Louisiana. Hosting the nation’s largest river system, one-third of its remaining wetlands, onequarter of its seafood and one-fifth of its migratory waterfowl, south Louisiana also supports some of the nation’s largest oil and gas, petrochemical and navigation industries. The state offers unparalleled natural and man-made resources for mastering the intricacies of environmental and energy law. 

International & Comparative Law

Given Tulane Law’s location in Louisiana, the nation’s only civil law state, the school has taught both common and civil law courses for more than 160 years. This mingling of legal systems in Tulane’s curriculum also sparked the development of our advanced comparative and international law program, which prepares students to tackle complex legal issues at home and across the globe.

Sports Law

Tulane stands out as the country’s first law school to offer a sports law certificate for J.D. students. The program is a natural fit in New Orleans, a vibrant athletic center that hosts a stream of collegiate and professional sporting events, including Superbowls, PGA tournaments, NCAA Final Fours, BCS National Championships, Sugar Bowls and NBA All-Star games. And the sports law program fosters unparalleled academic and extracurricular experience to help students understand the challenging legal and business problems facing this complex, high-profile industry.