Tulane Law’s Class of 2021 represents greater racial and gender diversity, comes from more regions of the U.S. and is more international, according to stats released by the Office of Admissions.
Among them is a former NFL cheerleader, a middle school social studies teacher, a field artillery officer, an Eagle Scout, a Miss America contestant, four journalists representing print and television, a manager of a New Orleans hotel and a corporate compliance analyst.
Of the 212 members of the first-year JD class, 27 percent are students of color and 56 percent are women. The first year law students represent 36 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and five other countries, including Canada, Denmark, Mexico, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Tulane Law also welcomed 35 Master of Laws students (LLM) who are predominantly international. They come from China, Columbia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Italy, Russia, South Korea, Thailand and Turkey. Six of them are from the US. The LLMs are primarily studying admiralty law, as well as U.S. law, energy and environmental law and international and comparative law.
The first-year class arrived on Aug. 17 for a full week of orientation. During a welcoming ceremony, the students took the Oath of Professionalism and were sworn in as law students by U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby (L’87), who encouraged them to challenge themselves and make the most of all the law school has to offer. She also reminded them that they are part of an important and respected profession now, and that the friends they begin making at Tulane will remain a part of their professional network for the rest of their careers.
Here is a snapshot of the JD Class of 2021: