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Tulane University (Tulane Law School)




While much of any law student's time is (and should be) occupied by attending classes and studying, Tulane law students quickly realize that the Law School is a place where things are always happening, both inside and outside the classroom. There are over 35 student organizations, any of which may be holding business meetings or substantive programs on any given day. Eight different journals offer students writing and editing opportunities, and the Moot Court program oversees both intra-school competitions and as many as one dozen teams participating in inter-school competitions.

Few weeks go by without special programs presented by distinguished scholars or practicing attorneys. Both the Professional Development Office and the Dean of Students regularly host events of interest to students. Lest all of this sound too serious, there are ample parties, crawfish boils, softball games and picnics, canoeing expeditions and more. A quick look at the calendar confirms this. In sum, student life at Tulane Law School is dynamic and diverse-much like the student body itself.

Tulane Law School is one of the leading law schools in attracting students of color. It has become and will continue to be one of the most diverse law schools in the country in terms of geography, ideology, ethnicity, and gender.

Students of color comprise 25% of the school's JD enrollment: 245 of 978 students in 2004. Tulane's national reputation attracts JD students from over 200 undergraduate institutions, 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and 17 foreign countries. Approximately 85 percent of our students are from outside the state of Louisiana, and between 30 and 40 percent come directly from undergraduate school.

The faculty members of Tulane Law School have unusually rich and diverse academic backgrounds, enabling them to offer a curriculum that encompasses the broadest range of subject matter. Close to 50 full-time professors teach at the Law School, including the Dean, the Vice-Dean and the Librarian. In addition, clinical and legal writing instructors work with our students, as do visiting faculty from law schools in the US and abroad. Our part-time faculty, numbering close to 50, consists of prominent federal and state court judges and attorneys practicing in the New Orleans area who teach semester-long advanced courses in their fields of expertise. In addition, over 60 experienced trial attorneys and judges work closely with small groups of students in our intensive Trial Advocacy course each semester.

The faculty's teaching depth and ability are well matched by its scholarly research. Members of the faculty regularly publish books (including edited volumes), as well as law review articles, and countless chapters in books, reports, essays, and book reviews. Tulane also publishes with the Cambridge University Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, a legal history journal entitled Continuity and Change, which contains interdisciplinary studies combining the law with various social sciences. Teaching remains the focal point of the educational process at Tulane, and faculty members devote considerable time and energy to their students. Tulane has always had a fine reputation for the quality of its instruction, and student evaluations of our professors suggest that the reputation remains intact.

The Tulane University campus on which the law school is located is a 110-acre space in the uptown residential section of New Orleans. The campus is filled with flat green lawns, lined with azaleas and magnolias and southern oaks, all harmonizing with arched gray stone and pillared red brick buildings. The setting invites outdoor study and activity. Recent additions to the campus include the Reily Student Recreation Center, the Newcomb Art Gallery, and the Law School building itself, John Giffen Weinmann Hall.

The University campus faces St. Charles Avenue, a street lined for miles with mansions. Directly across St. Charles Avenue is Audubon Park. The neighborhood, while residential, contains enough commercial activity to make it enormously lively-coffee houses, grocery stores and drugstores, laundries, restaurants and bookstores abound.



School name:Tulane UniversityTulane Law School
Address:Weinmann Hall 6329 Freret Street
Zip & city:LA 70118-6231 Louisiana
Phone:504-865-5939
Web:http://www.law.tulane.edu
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