Tulane University is an exchange destination for Utrecht University School of Law students.

Studying law in the United States is very different from studying law in many other countries. In various countries, students begin their law studies immediately following graduation from high school or secondary school; most universities in other countries require only a high school diploma or the equivalent in that country to admit students to their law faculties. In the US, however, law is a professional academic field, the equivalent of a graduate degree in other parts of the world.

Law schools in the US are part of public or private universities that grant Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees. The Juris Doctor program generally lasts three years for full-time students and four years for part-time students. The first year of law school is generally considered to be the most difficult because of the core classes, exams, and the Socrates method. The Socrates method is a method used in most law school classes in which the professor cold calls on students to state a case or respond to a case-based question. This intimidates many students, particularly international students, who might be afraid to speak up in class, but most international students do just fine.

Student experiences

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NOTE: The primary difference between the state of Louisiana and other states is that Louisiana is a civil law state, whereas all other states in the US are common law states.


Course information

International students

International admission (applicable for degree seeking students but nice for the movie)




Academic calendar

Semester I: August up to and including December

Semester II: January up to and including May

See the website for more information


All Tulane Law School courses are taught in English. Students should be studying law and fluent in English, both oral and written. Tulane Law School requires the TOEFL unless otherwise waived (for UU students with a VWO highschool diploma indeed waived). The minimum score is 90 on the internet based exam, 233 on the computer-based exam, and 577 on the paper-and-pencil based exam. Students may also take the IELTS, receiving a band score of 7.

Areas of study open for exchange students

Louisiana Exchange students can take any course offered by the Law School, subject to the prerequisites for any given course, with the exception of certain clinical and skills-related courses. Exchange students take classes with JD and LLM students. Exchange students are allowed to take one non-law related class. 

LL.M. Grad Study: This new program allows any student attending Tulane Law School as part of an exchange program, to return to Tulane Law School, within two academic years, and receive advance standing credit against an LLM degree for all law school classes he or she has taken with us. For example, if a student from your institution participates in the exchange program with us, and arrived for the Fall 2016 academic semester, enrolled in and completed satisfactorily 14 credit hours, he or she could return for the Fall of 2017 or the Spring of 2018 to take an additional 10 to 12 credit hours and, thereby, satisfy the credit hour requirements for an LLM degree from our Institution. The student who wishes to pursue this opportunity must keep in mind that he or she is required to meet the distribution and course requirements for the specific LLM degree that he or she seeks to obtain. For more information on the requirements of our specialized LLM programs please see our LL.M. Grad Study Overview


Temporary on-campus housing is available during the July orientation session. After the orientation is over, students must find permanent off-campus housing on their own for the academic term. The Office of International Legal Programs is available to answer questions regarding housing and offer advice to students looking for housing. To request temporary housing please contact lawabroad@tulane.edu
Unfortunately, due to the scarcity of on-campus housing, only off-campus housing is available. You have the opportunity to search for off-campus apartments through http://tulane.ochgateway.com/ the Housing and Residence Life Office’s web-based apartment finder.
You should plan on setting up temporary accommodations for the first few nights as you look for an apartment. Housing possibilities may also be researched by checking housing advertisements on the Law School intranet site (log in information will be provided to students before arrival) and on student bulletin boards. The following housing resources can also be used to acquire temporary housing accommodations, as helpful guides to apartments available in the area and an idea of price ranges, and to set up appointments for when you arrive:

Gambit Weekly


Tulane Classifieds

We recommend that properties not be rented sight unseen.

Courses at Master level


Estimated living costs per month

The estimates for living expenses reflect a student budget of $2,345 per month for room (rent, utilities), food, miscellaneous expenses (such as parking, optional study aids), books, supplies and all transportation. Please note that these are high estimates and that each student’s actual expenses may vary depending on lifestyle. Book expenses ($750 per semester) and health expenses ($1,600 per semester), representing medical insurance and ordinary health expenses (such as prescriptions) are included in the estimated living expense budget of $2,319 per month. The only expense not included in this estimate is the mandatory $320 Student Health and Wellness semester fee, which provides students with access to the Student Health Center on campus. Therefore, the student's Statement of Adequate Funding in the application should indicate minimum funds of $11,598 for one semester or $23,196 for both semesters.

International students required to take the ESL course prior to Fall orientation will be charged $500 and should take into account the $2,400 for additional living expenses during the summer. (Please note that these expenses are based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Living expenses for 2019-2020 may vary within 3%)


You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table

Additional information

Number of students: 2 students, max 1 semester each 

Visa: Usually J1 type visa



Health insurance

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Visas are required for students that are not US citizens or Legal Permanent Residents to study on an exchange program at Tulane Law School. More information about visas can be found on the Office of International Students & Scholars website.

Do you have any questions about this partner university or would you like to know more?

Contact the International Exchange Office of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.

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Contact details International Exchange Office

Attention! Due to the developments concerning the corona virus, all of our walk-in hours are cancelled until further notice.

You can reach us at ieo.leg@uu.nl for questions or othe signing of documents. Please mention your UU student number and field of study. 

You will be able to reach us by phone on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1.30 PM to 3 PM +31 (0)30 253 7289.

Vera Noot
non-Europe: Paula Banning
For questions or appointments, please contact the exchange coordinators at ieo.leg@uu.nl

International Exchange Office - Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance
Janskerkhof 3
3512 BK Utrecht
The Netherlands

More information

More information about studying abroad: in Dutch and in English.