Admi­ralty & Mar­itime Law Edu­ca­tion at Tulane University


Located on the main cam­pus of Tulane Uni­ver­sity in uptown New Orleans, Tulane Law School has been accred­ited by the Amer­i­can Bar Asso­ci­a­tion since May 1925. The JD stu­dent body com­prises 750 stu­dents from through­out the US, with just 15% from the state of Louisiana. At least 45 states are rep­re­sented in the stu­dent body, as are close to 200 under­grad­u­ate schools. An addi­tional 50 stu­dents are enrolled in Tulane Law School’s LLM and SJD pro­grams. Approx­i­mately 40% of the stu­dent body is female, and about 20% are stu­dents of color.

Among the things that set Tulane Law School apart are the breadth and depth of its cur­ricu­lum. Its cur­ric­u­lar strengths include inter­na­tional and com­par­a­tive law, mar­itime law, and envi­ron­men­tal law. It offers five cer­tifi­cates of spe­cial­iza­tion in: Euro­pean Legal Stud­ies, Civil Law, Mar­itime Law, Envi­ron­men­tal Law, and Sports Law. It offers seven dif­fer­ent live-​client clin­ics: crim­i­nal defense, civil lit­i­ga­tion, juve­nile lit­i­ga­tion, envi­ron­men­tal law, domes­tic vio­lence, medi­a­tion, and leg­isla­tive and admin­is­tra­tive advocacy.

The 12th old­est law school in the United States, Tulane is acknowl­edged around the world as a leader in the admi­ralty field. Every other year in March, hun­dreds of lawyers, both prac­tic­ing and aca­d­e­mic, con­verge on the Tulane cam­pus for the Admi­ralty Law Insti­tute, the old­est (since 1966) and largest con­tin­u­ing legal edu­ca­tion pro­gram devoted to mar­itime law. The Insti­tute lasts for three days, and the papers and pre­sen­ta­tions that it pro­duces are pub­lished in the Tulane Law Review. Recent Insti­tutes have typ­i­cally been attended by 500 lawyers and oth­ers from the ship­ping and marine insur­ance indus­tries, from over 30 states and 11 countries.Students are invited to attend all ses­sions, pro­vid­ing them the oppor­tu­nity to obtain spe­cial­ized knowl­edge, as well as the ben­e­fits of net­work­ing with prac­ti­tion­ers and schol­ars in this field.

Academic Programs

Grad­u­ate Programs

  • LLM in Admi­ralty: One-​year, full-​time pro­grams lead­ing to the degree of Mas­ter of Laws (LLM) are offered to eli­gi­ble can­di­dates already hold­ing the first law degree (JD or LLB or equiv­a­lent). Can­di­dates for the LLM in Admi­ralty must ful­fill the Gen­eral Degree Require­ments and must also com­plete at least 13 of the 24 cred­its required for the degree in admi­ralty courses.
  • Cer­tifi­cate of Spe­cial­iza­tion in Mar­itime Law: Can­di­dates may use a por­tion of their elec­tive hours dur­ing the sec­ond and third years of law school to obtain the Cer­tifi­cate of Spe­cial­iza­tion in Mar­itime Law. Stu­dents must com­plete and pass Admi­ralty I and Admi­ralty II, plus three addi­tional full-​semester admi­ralty courses, for a total of 12 credit hours. At least 35 stu­dents each year pur­sue this option and receive a cer­tifi­cate at graduation.


Tulane Law School is espe­cially well sit­u­ated to offer its stu­dents spe­cial­ized study in admi­ralty and mar­itime law. New Orleans and its envi­rons con­sti­tute one of the largest ports in the world, and the sec­ond largest admi­ralty bar in the United States. Tulane reg­u­larly offers 15 semester-​long admi­ralty and mar­itime law courses, and at least two spe­cial­ized mini-​courses in the field each year. Two full-​time Tulane fac­ulty mem­bers teach in this area, as well as adjunct fac­ulty from New Orleans’ dis­tin­guished admi­ralty bar. In addi­tion, promi­nent schol­ars and prac­ti­tion­ers from the US and abroad visit Tulane each year to give lec­tures and teach month-​long courses. These include vis­i­tors from Canada, Nor­way, Eng­land, Italy, and Israel.

  • Cam­pus: The Law School is located on the main cam­pus of Tulane Uni­ver­sity in New Orleans. Located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, the Uni­ver­sity cam­pus faces his­toric St. Charles Avenue, directly across from Audubon Park. St. Charles Avenue is lined with the beau­ti­ful archi­tec­ture for which New Orleans is renowned.
  • Accred­i­ta­tion: Tulane Law School has been accred­ited by the Amer­i­can Bar Asso­ci­a­tion since May 1925. Tulane Uni­ver­sity is accred­ited by the Com­mis­sion on Col­leges of the South­ern Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­leges and Schools to award asso­ciate, bac­calau­re­ate, mas­ters, doc­tor­ate, and pro­fes­sional degrees.
  • Mar­itime Law: Mar­itime law is among the old­est branches of law. In every coun­try in which mar­itime law exists, it is treated as a sep­a­rate and dis­tinct area of the law. In gen­eral terms, mar­itime law con­cerns events and trans­ac­tions that occur on nav­i­ga­ble waters, whether they be the vast oceans, gulfs, or inland water­ways. Although ini­tially con­cerned with mar­itime com­merce, the body of law has expanded to address con­tem­po­rary issues such as those involv­ing the envi­ron­ment and the wide­spread use of recre­ational vessels.
  • Extern­ship & Sum­mer Posi­tion: A mar­itime law extern­ship with the Office of the Admin­is­tra­tive Law Judge of the US Depart­ment of Labor in one of the promi­nent fea­ture of the pro­gram. In addi­tion a sum­mer posi­tion with the Cen­ter for Sea­far­ers’ Rights in New York is also arranged.
  • Career Ser­vices: The career ser­vices pro­gram draw­ing law firms from through­out the United States to inter­view Tulane stu­dents trained in admi­ralty is con­ducted for the ben­e­fits of the students.
  • Admi­ralty Fac­ulty: In recent years, Tulane has hosted pro­fes­sors from McGill Uni­ver­sity in Mon­tréal, the Uni­ver­sity of Oslo in Nor­way, Abo Akademi Uni­ver­sity in Fin­land, the Uni­ver­sity of Southamp­ton in Eng­land, Dal­housie Uni­ver­sity in Canada, Uni­ver­sity of Siena in Italy, and the Hebrew Uni­ver­sity in Jerusalem. In addi­tion, senior prac­ti­tion­ers and bar­ris­ters from New York and Lon­don have taught at Tulane, as has an in-​house coun­sel from a giant French oil com­pany based in Paris. Also the school hosts vis­it­ing research schol­ars from Aus­tralia, the People’s Repub­lic of China, Fin­land, Croa­tia, South Africa and Venezuela.
  • John W. Sims Dis­tin­guished Admi­ralty Prac­ti­tioner in Res­i­dence Pro­gram: This pro­gram brings a dis­tin­guished admi­ralty prac­ti­tioner or an indi­vid­ual involved in the ship­ping or marine insur­ance indus­try to Tulane Law School to lec­ture and exchange ideas with stu­dents and fac­ulty. In recent years, senior admi­ralty prac­ti­tion­ers and offi­cers of the Mar­itime Law Asso­ci­a­tion, from promi­nent firms in Bal­ti­more, San Fran­cisco, New York, and Jack­sonville have come to Tulane through the Sims program.
  • Tulane’s Mar­itime Law Cen­ter: Tulane’s Mar­itime Law Cen­ter, a divi­sion of the Law School endowed by admi­ralty law and ship­ping firms, coor­di­nates the many mar­itime pro­grams oper­at­ing at the Law School and fos­ters legal schol­ar­ship in the field.
  • Mar­itime Law Soci­ety : The Mar­itime Law Soci­ety is an active stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion at Tulane, arrang­ing field trips to mar­itime indus­try sites and speaker pro­grams on cam­pus. Schol­ar­ships and awards ded­i­cated to the mar­itime pro­gram have been cre­ated. The LLM in Admi­ralty brings as many as 20 lawyers to Tulane each year to pur­sue advanced study in mar­itime law, many from abroad. Con­tin­u­ing legal edu­ca­tion pro­grams and con­fer­ences, includ­ing the bien­nial Admi­ralty Law Insti­tute, bring hun­dreds of prac­ti­tion­ers to New Orleans and to Tulane each year, pro­vid­ing valu­able net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for students. your social media marketing partner