Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

The joint degree program in Law and Latin American Studies was created to provide training for attorneys, policy makers, and public servants who wish to learn about Latin America and to gain a deeper knowledge of the civil code legal system of Latin America and Louisiana, which differs profoundly from that found in the rest of the United States. Applicants to the joint degree program must be admitted separately by each of the participating programs. Thus a potential joint degree student must be admitted to the Law School through its normal admissions process, and also to the Latin American Studies graduate program in the School of Liberal Arts via its own separate admissions process. Admission to one school does not guarantee admission to the other; nor does the failure to be admitted into the joint degree program preclude admission into either one or the other school independently.

This unique joint JD/MA degree program encourages students to explore the economic, social, political, environmental, and cultural contexts that shaped not only legal thought and institutions in distinct regions of Latin America, but also the practice and application of law. Within this degree program, students can shape a program that is broadly conceived or highly focused. A focused program might concentrate, for example, on environmental, maritime, corporate, or human rights issues.

In addition to the 79 hours of law coursework required by the Law School, students pursuing the joint degree must complete 24 semester hours of coursework in graduate courses approved by the Stone Center. One of which is the interdisciplinary core seminar (LAST 7000) offered by the Center itself. The School of Law itself offers courses on Latin American legal issues. These ordinarily will form a part of the 79 hours of training required in Law. Most of the courses addressing Latin American subject matter are taken through other social science departments at the university, especially the departments of Political Science and Economics, although students frequently explore environmental issues and the cultural dimensions of the law as well. An interdisciplinary thesis option is offered in lieu of one three-credit course; however, students who elect the thesis option must pass a thesis defense in order to earn the credit. Demonstrated competence in either Spanish or Portuguese is required. The Graduate Advisor of the Stone Center serves as program advisor for the joint degree program. The degree is awarded upon fulfillment of the degree requirements for BOTH programs.

To speak to an advisor before applying, please fill out our inquiry form.

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Final Push Fridays: Graduate Research & Writing Support

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Every Friday from 10am-12pm CDT, The Latin American Library and Stone Center are co-hosting a virtual work-along for Latin Americanist graduate students to support each other in their research and writing goals. The Zoom meeting has two break-out options: participants may choose to troubleshoot research and methodological questions with an LAL librarian and/or work towards their writing objectives alongside a community of their peers. We hope you will join us when you can!

Central America, People and the Environment Educator Institute 2021

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This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment.

While at Tulane, the institute will explore the historic connections between the United States and Central America focusing on indigenous communities and environment while highlighting topics of social justice and environmental conservation. Join us to explore Central America and teaching strategies to implement into the classroom.

Additional details and registration will be available in the late fall 2020. For more information, please email dwolteri@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164.