General LL.M.

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: July; August
  • Tuition Fee: $52,000.00 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Specialization: General law

About

Because the General LLM program is so flexible, both international and US students find it to be an attractive option. The program allows students to design their own courses of study, and students have tended to pursue one of these "tracks" within the general LLM program:

 

General survey of US law   Many students use the General LLM program as a way to study areas to which they had previously had little or no exposure, enrolling in courses in a variety of areas. Virtually the entire curriculum is open to graduate students, with the exception of clinical and Trial Advocacy courses. The flexibility permitted by the program enables students to take courses in virtually any area in which they have interest, emphasizing particular areas or not, as they choose.

 

International law, trade, and finance  Both international and US graduate students have been attracted by the opportunity to take advantage of Tulane's unique ability to provide education in this area. Students previously schooled in the common law system have the opportunity to take some of the civil law courses offered at Tulane, while students with civil law backgrounds may supplement their knowledge with common law courses. Students interested in this area might also wish to consider the LLM in International & Comparative Law.

 

Other concentrations  LLM students pursuing the General program have also designed concentrations in such areas as intellectual property law, US constitutional law, property and real estate law, and a variety of other areas.

Degree Requirements

The General LLM program allows the student to design his or her own course of study. There are no specific course requirements (beyond the three to four hours of courses required for all international students and the writing requirement). Each student in the General LLM program may plan an individual course program, subject to the General Degree Requirements for All LLM Programs.

 

1. Satisfactory completion of 24 credits, 21 of which must be at the Law School, and 3 of which may be in a Tulane Law School summer law program. "Satisfactory completion" is defined under Academic Standards in the Student Handbook. No transfer credit for work completed at other law schools can be granted toward the LLM or SJD degrees at Tulane Law School.

 

2. Full-time students must complete between 10 and 12 credits of coursework in each of two consecutive fall and spring semesters, except with special permission. Part-time students must complete between 4 and 7 credits of coursework each semester, completing all degree requirements in four semesters, with the option of attending one Tulane Law School summer session in New Orleans for up to 3 credits of coursework.

 

3. Students must satisfy the specific requirements of the degree program in which they are enrolled (e.g., General LLM, Admiralty, American Law, Energy & Environment, Law and Development, or International & Comparative Law).

 

4. Students are required to write papers for at least three but not more than nine credits of coursework, in courses requiring or permitting completion of a paper in lieu of an exam. Directed research credit falls in this category and may be substituted for up to three credits of the writing requirement. Students may not receive credit for directed research beyond the nine-credit writing credit maximum. The course Legal Research & Writing for International Graduate Students may not be counted toward the writing requirement.

 

5. All master's degree candidates who have received the first law degree from a school outside the 50 United States must enroll in Introduction to American Law (2 credits) and Legal Research & Writing for International Graduate Students (1 or 2 credits), in addition to any specific degree requirements. Because the Introduction to American Law course is offered only in the summer immediately preceding the start of the fall semester, all LLM candidates whose first law degrees are from schools outside the 50 United States must arrive at Tulane by late July.

 

6. Clinical programs, Trial Advocacy course and externships are not open to graduate students subject to the following exception.  Students who received a JD from a U.S. law school and who are candidates for a Tulane Law School Master’s degree may apply to participate in the Environmental Law Clinic for a maximum of one semester.  This is the only clinic open to graduate students, and the limitation of one semester participation is not subject to modification..

 

7. Students in the full-time graduate studies programs must be enrolled as full-time students at the Law School for one academic year (i.e., two full-time semesters). A full-time semester is defined as enrollment in 10 or more credits of coursework. Students may not pursue degrees in absentia.

 

8. Students must meet all financial obligations to the University.

 

9. Each student must, after fulfilling all other degree requirements, be recommended for the degree by the law faculty.

LL.M Application Instructions

The preferred and most reliable application method is to apply on-line. This link will take you to the Tulane Law School LLM application forms. Support is provided by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The Tulane application fee is automatically waived for applicants who apply electronically through the LSAC. We offer the waiver to help offset the costs associated with the LSAC's Credential Assembly Service. We regret that we are unable to offer refunds for any reason. 

 

1. Complete the application form.  Please type or print neatly.   
 

    • Please answer all questions in the space provided on the application form. Use attachments for any portion of your response that requires additional space.  Some questions may require further explanation on a separate page. You are welcome to include descriptive or explanatory attachments and/or a résumé.

    • Any uncertainty about the necessity of responding to the questions concerning disciplinary action or concerning charges, arrests, convictions, etc. should be resolved in favor of disclosure.

    • Be sure to provide a personal statement or essay as required by the application.  The statement should be used to provide information about yourself and your interests that you consider significant to our evaluation of your file. Please be sure to address your reasons for seeking a graduate degree at Tulane in law, and discuss the areas of law that most interest you.

    • Include a resume or curriculum vitae.

    • Be sure to sign (or electronically certify) and date the application form in the spaces provided.

    • There have been instances in which applications have become lost in the mail and have not reached us.  For this reason, we suggest that you keep a photocopy of your application and essay.  If you have not received a letter from us confirming receipt of your application within two weeks after submission, contact us, as this may mean that we did not receive your application.

    • Please note that it is your responsibility to notify the Admission Office of changes of address and changes of circumstance, for example, in response to the questions about disciplinary or criminal charges or expected graduation date.

    • The application deadline for the LLM Programs is May 1.

 

2. We use e-mail to update candidates on the status of their files whenever we can.  We ask for your primary e-mail address and an alternate e-mail address (if you have one) on the application form.  Please be sure to distinguish between the numeral “1” and the lower-case letter “L” when you provide your e-mail addresses.
 

3. The non-refundable $60 application fee may be paid by check or money order written to Tulane Law School. (If a check is written by someone other than yourself, please be sure that your name appears on it.) We also accept payment of the application fee by Master Card or Visa credit card. The application fee is waived for those who apply using the LSAC's electronic application service.
 

4. Two letters of recommendation are required as part of the application to Tulane Law School.  Letters of recommendation should be written by someone who knows you well and can speak to your academic ability or work experience.  Letters may be written on the recommender’s own letterhead and mailed by the recommender directly to the Committee on Graduate Admission, Tulane Law School, Weinmann Hall, Suite 203, New Orleans, LA 70118-6231 or e-mailed to admissions@law.tulane.edu. 
 

5. We require full disclosure of charges, arrests, convictions, guilty and nolo pleas regarding violation of any law.  This includes offenses which resulted in purged, sealed, obliterated, dismissed, or destroyed records.  Many state bar authorities require that the law school provide a copy of your admission application when you apply for admission to the state bar.  If state bar authorities note any discrepancy bet ween ans wers to questions on the admission application and ans wers to questions on the state bar application (for example, in response to questions about criminal or disciplinary proceedings, or in response to questions about previous enrollment at educational institutions), they will investigate further.  In some cases, discrepancies of this sort have caused serious problems for graduates seeking bar admission.  Applicants are cautioned to provide full and accurate responses to all questions on the la w school application.  If you are unsure whether to make a disclosure because of the disposition of a particular event, or because you feel it is too minor to mention, it is prudent to go ahead and make the disclosure.  If you wish to discuss this with a member of the admission staff first, contact the office before you submit your application.
 

6. The required personal statement should be used to provide information about yourself and your interests that you consider significant to our evaluation of your file.  Be sure to address your reasons for seeking a graduate degree in law and discuss the areas of law that most interest you.
 

7. English proficiency testing is NOT required if the applicant's native language is English or if English was the language of instruction during the applicant's first law degree. All other applicants should arrange for Tulane Law to receive an official test score report.

    Applicants who must complete English proficiency testing should take:

    • The TOEFL internet-based test , or
    • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or 
    • The TOEFL paper-based test , along with the Test of Written English (TWE) 

The vast majority of our admissible applicants achieve a score of 575 or higher on the TOEFL paper test or 90 or higher on the TOEFL Internet-based test. Successful applicants who take the TWE typically receive a score of 3.5 or higher. The vast majority of our admissible applicants who take the IELTS achieve a band score of 7 or higher. 

Tulane Law School accepts TOEFL and IELTS scores for up to three years after the test administration. Please request that ETS forward TOEFL scores to Tulane Law School (Institution #6832, Department 3). Please request that IELTS test scores be sent to Tulane Law School, Office of Admission – Graduate Programs, 6329 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70118 
 

8. Receipt of your application and nonrefundable application fee will be acknowledged by the Admission Office. If you do not receive notification confirming receipt of your application within two weeks of submission, please contact us, as this may mean that we have not received your application.
 

9. An application is considered complete and ready to review after we have received the following:  
 

    • Please answer all questions in the space provided on the application form. Use attachments for any portion of your response that requires additional space.  Some questions may require further explanation on a separate page. You are welcome to include descriptive or explanatory attachments and/or a résumé.

    • The application form, completed and signed or electronically certified by the applicant

    • The application fee of $60. The fee is waived for those who apply using the LSAC's electronic application service.

    • Credential Evaluation and Analysis. (Please see description below.)

    • Two letters of recommendation, written by those who know you well and can speak of your academic ability or work experience.

    • If applicable, an official report of the IELTS or TOEFL (TWE required for students taking paper-based TOEFL)

    • Financial Aid Data/Scholarship Application (If applicable)

 

10. Candidates whose applications are received and accepted earliest receive optimal consideration for financial aid, particularly with respect to scholarships.
 

11. Questions about the application process should be directed to Tulane Law School, Admission Office, New Orleans, LA 70118, 504.865.5930. You may also e-mail us at admissions@law.tulane.edu; our website is located at www.law.tulane.edu.
  

12. Please notify us of any change of address so that correspondence will be sure to reach you; do not rely on the post office to forward mail in a timely manner. In addition, it is your responsibility to inform us of any change of circumstances that may affect your admission (for example, disciplinary or criminal charges, or a change in expected graduation date)