The Environmental Law Society, founded to enable students to become involved in ongoing environmental issues and programs, has organized and hosted the National Association of Environmental Law Societies Conference, bringing to light Tulane Law School's emergence as a leader in the study of environmental law. Since 1996, the Society has co-hosted, with Tulane's Institute for Environmental Law & Policy, a state-wide public interest environmental conference which draws lawyers, scientists, community activists, and public citizens to discuss Louisiana's pressing environmental concerns. The Society has presented speakers on toxic torts, wildlife preservation, wetlands, environmental enforcement, national legislative proposals, and international environmental issues. The Society also organizes camping, canoeing, and bicycle trips, as well as other field trips to unique natural areas, has initiated and maintains the law school's recycling program, and produces an environmental alumni newsletter.
The Payson Center for International Development combines academic degree programs with internships and project-related employment in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Faculty and students are working to improve the quality of life of the world's most vulnerable populations in less economically developed countries.
Tulane was the first law school to require pro bono work of all its students. Since 1987 law students have been required to engage in pro bono service. Each student must complete a minimum of 30 hours of legal service on behalf of indigent persons or with non-profit, public interest organizations that serve the community, here or abroad. Placement opportunities in the New Orleans Metropolitan area include, but are not limited to: ACLU of Louisiana, The Advocacy Center, CASA, Fair Housing Action Center, Innocence Project New Orleans, New Orelans City Attorney's Office, Pro Bono Project, Project SAVE, Teen Court (Orleans Parish Juvenile Court) and Tulane Street Law.
Tulane was the first law school in the country to require its students to perform pro bono work as a condition for graduating. Every one of the 3600 students who has received a JD since 1990 successfully performed at least 20 hours of community service work. In fact, most students have exceeded the minimum requirement and thus were able to address even more legal needs. In 2006, the pro bono requirement was increased to 30 hours. Tulane offers six clinical programs which range from the traditional civil litigation, criminal defense, and juvenile justice representation to newer clinics such as domestic violence, environmental, and legislative and administrative advocacy.
La Alianza del Derecho is the Latino Interest Legal Alliance at Tulane Law School. It promotes networking and professional development among the Hispanic law students at Tulane and with Hispanic attorneys in the US and Latin America. La Alianza coordinates recruitment efforts with the Admission Office and works with currently enrolled Hispanic students to enhance academic performance, to provide career opportunities, and to provide a forum for Latino interest. La Alianza sponsors educational programs and is involved in community service projects with Latinos in the New Orleans community.
Tulane's Environmental Law Society (ELS) is one of the oldest and most active environmental law volunteer student groups in the nation, emboldening Tulane University Law School as a leader in the study of environmental law. Throughout the year ELS presents and sponsors myriad speakers; organizes campus-renowned hiking, camping, canoeing, and bicycle trips; maintains the law school's recycling program; and produces The Environmental Law News, an annual alumni newsletter.
The Human Rights Law Society is a non-partisan student organization designed to raise awareness of fundamental human rights issues within a legal framework among the students, faculty, and staff at Tulane Law School. The organization sponsors various fund raisers, brings in guest speakers to discuss international and local human rights issues, hosts a documentary series, and more.
The Lambda Law Alliance addresses gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues in the Tulane Law School community through panel discussions, social events, political activism, and participation in national AIDS walks. Membership is open to all law students.
The NLG Tulane Chapter was founded in 2006 by Tulane students interested in promoting the ideals and interests of the NLG National Board. We believe in the importance of law students utilizing their position within the community to promote social change. Our student members collaborate in using the law for social, political, and economic justice. We seek to educate ourselves and the New Orleans community about current issues affecting economic and social justice, to provide Tulane Law students with pro bono opportunities, and increase awareness of the Tulane Law School community in support of these initiatives.
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