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Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana

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According to US News & World Report's 2007 findings, Tulane Law School ranks 40th in the country, and its environmental law program ranks sixth. The law school is unique in the breadth and depth of its curriculum, allowing students to survey a broad range of subject areas or to concentrate in one or more. The program's strengths include international and comparative law, maritime law, and environmental law. Its environmental law and sports law programs are among the best in the nation, and its maritime law program is considered by many to be the best in the world.

Five certificates of specialization are offered in European legal studies, civil law, maritime law, environmental law, and sports law. The program offers seven different live-client clinics: criminal defense, civil litigation, juvenile litigation, environmental law, domestic violence, mediation, and legislative and administrative advocacy. The law school is robust in its business and corporate course offerings as well as its intellectual property law curriculum. Tulane Law School was the first in the nation to require pro bono legal work as a condition of graduation.

Usually receiving approximately 2,500 applicants each year, Tulane Law School is rigorous in its acceptance of applicants. For the entering class of 2007, the school received approximately 2,300 applicants, of which 833 were approved. For this entering class the 25th- and 75th-percentile LSAT scores were 158 and 163, while the 25th- and 75th-percentile undergraduate GPAs were 3.4 and 3.75. Generally, but not always, students hoping to gain admission to Tulane Law School should have numbers that fall within these ranges.

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