Companion Animal Law Writing Contest

  • 30 September 2020

The American Kennel Club® (AKC) is pleased to announce the fourth annual Companion Animal Law Writing Contest! The contest begins on August 10th and is opens to all students currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school.


The contest will offer a first-place prize of $2500 and a second-place prize of $500.


Students are asked to choose between two topics: forfeiture of an animal and the legal treatment of animals as property. This year’s topics offer students the unique opportunity to discuss legal perspectives on issues currently in the news and at the forefront of animal law. 


Entries will be judged by legal and public policy professionals with experience in laws impacting companion animals.


Contestants can enter now through March 31, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. EST. To learn more about the contest, including official rules and policies, please click here.


You can also “Like” the contest on Facebook:

Upcoming Important Dates/Deadlines

  • 11 September 2020

Students, please mark the following dates on your calendars:


1L Practice Exams – (instructions regarding taking practice tests will be sent to all 1L students on Monday and an information session regarding this process (time TBA) will be held via Zoom next week)

  • Torts – Monday, September 21 (Childress); Wednesday, September 23 (Meyer)
  • Civil Procedure – Friday, September 25 (all sections)
  • Contracts – Tuesday, September 29 (Gordley); Wednesday, September 30 (Davies, Wessman)


October 20, 2020- Information meeting for 1L students regarding Civil/Common Law selection – 5:15 PM. 


October 23, 2020- Deadline for upper-class JD students to select pass/D/fail option for the fall semester.


October 26, 2020 – All students may download/install Examplify software and take mock exam (the deadline to complete the mock exam for eligibility to take exams on computer is November 12, 2020).


November 2, 2020 - Rescheduling of exams due to exam conflict begins (students should contact Academic Services to reschedule an exam b/c of exam conflict). The deadline to reschedule an exam due to conflict is November 12, 2020.


Exams on Computer Information Meeting and Q&A


·         October 26, 2020 – 4:00 pm 


November 11, 2020- 3L and LLM/SJD students may begin registration for the Spring 2021 semester beginning at 8:00 am.


November 12, 2020- 2L students may begin registration for the Spring 2021 semester beginning at 8:00 am.


  •   NOTE: All 1L student schedules for the spring semester will be created by Academic Services and distributed to 1L students by November 10th.

November 10, 2020 - Last day of classes for fall 1L courses.


November 12, 2020 - Last day of classes for Fall Upper-class courses fall semester (pro-bono time sheets due)


November 11-13, 2020 - Study period – 1L students


November 13-15, 2020 – Study period – Upper-class students


November 14, 2020 –  1L - Fall exam period begins


November 16, 2020 –  Upper-class - Fall exam period begins



Colleen Timmons

Assistant Dean, Academic Services

Tulane University School of Law
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Fall 2020 exam numbers assigned

Blind Grading IDs

  • 1 September 2020

The exam numbers (blind grading IDs) for the Fall 2020 semester have been assigned.  Students will use this one exam number assigned to them for all examinations taken or assignments done anonymously during the fall term.  This is different than any exam number used during a previous semester.


To access your exam number log on to GIBSON online and select the Blind Grading ID option under the Law School Services heading. Then choose Fall 2020 when prompted for the term.


Information regarding exams procedures and instructions will be posted in October in advance of the exam period.



Colleen Timmons

Assistant Dean, Academic Services

Tulane University School of Law

6329 Freret St., Suite 204

New Orleans, LA  70118


504-862-8373 (fax)

Here's my calendar link to schedule an appointment.

Writing requirement approval process and degree requirement information

  • 14 August 2020

All students are required to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement.  Once you have completed the course intended to fulfill this requirement, please make sure to follow the steps below to initiate the approval process for the writing requirement (note- if you have already satisfied your writing requirement you do not need to resubmit):


Access the link to submit the writing requirement information on the Academic Services page of the TLS Intranet at   Following are the steps to complete the online submission process:


1.       Select the faculty member to approve your writing requirement from the pull down list.

2.       Enter your student ID and class information.

3.       Choose the Select button to upload the final copy of your paper (you must upload your paper).

4.       Check the box indicating that you have reviewed the writing requirement information in the Student Handbook.

5.       Click on Submit.


Your information and the paper will be routed to the professor for review and approval.  Once the professor submits the approval, Academic Services will then have the information needed to mark the requirement as completed.    Again, you would follow these steps after you have completed the course. Please do not send the request for approval before your final work product has been completed. 


Please refer to Section V.D of the Student Handbook for information regarding degree requirements.  A copy of the degree progress worksheet for JD students as well as LLM students may be found on the Academic Services page of the TLS Intranet. 


Contact Academic Services at if you have any questions about this information.


Financial Aid Disbursement Information

  • 11 August 2020

Federal loans are set to disburse to students’ Tulane accounts as follows:

                1Ls on 8/7/2020

                Continuing students on 8/14/2020

                Masters of Jurisprudence on 8/28/2020

Please log on to Gibson Online to make sure all requirements are complete and that you have accepted the loans being offered (if applicable). The Loan Checklist can be found on the right side of this page, along with instructions for accepting your aid. You will also want to get set up on direct deposit and request a refund if you are taking out loans for living expenses. Instructions for this can also be found on the right side of this page. The bill is due on 8/14/2020 for many students. If you have done everything needed for loans to disburse, Accounts Receivable will be able to see that this aid is authorized, and the amount authorized will considered as paid until the aid disburses. Federal loan interest rates were announced in July as 4.3% for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and 5.3% for a Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan. If you have any questions about your aid, please feel free to contact the Law Financial Aid team at


Have a great semester!!