Maritime law refers to the body of law governing both public and private operations at sea. It includes both domestic law and international law governing commerce, navigation, and the transport of people and goods. Though there are several maritime academies offering certificates and undergraduate degrees, very few United States law schools offer a concentration in maritime law or a Master of Laws in the area. Fortunately, the law schools in the United States offering maritime concentrations are found at some of the best law schools.
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Tulane University School of Law Maritime Law Center
Since 1982, Tulane University School of Law has offered studies in maritime law. The school is world renowned, and it is currently ranked by U.S. News and World Reports as the 45th best law school in the United States. The Maritime Law Center, directed by Professor Robert Force and Professor Martin Davies offers both a Certificate in Admiralty for regular students pursuing the juris doctorate and an LL.M. program (Master of Laws) for law school graduates pursing a more in depth concentration. The LL.M program is so exclusive, only 20 students are admitted each academic year. Tulane also hosts the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, one of only four maritime specific law journals in the United States.
Tulane Maritime Law Center Tulane Law School Weinmann Hall 6329 Freret St. New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 law.tulane.edu
Louisiana State University Sea Grant Legal Program
For more than 40 years, the Louisiana State University Sea Grant Legal Program has been a presence in coastal policy making. Though the program is part of the overall LSU community and not a specific division of the law school, SGLP offers law students at LSU the opportunity to clerk for the program. Three legal research assistants from the law school work for the program, gaining experience in natural resources and coastal issues. LSU law school is ranked among the top 100 law schools in the United States.
Louisiana State University Sea Grant Legal Program 225-578-5931
University of Maine School of Law Marine Law Institute
As part of the University of Maine Center of Law and Innovation, the Marine Law Institute has been a guiding force in maritime law policy and development for decades. The centre has a unique focus on the intersection of Maine and national economic considerations and natural resources protection. University of Maine School of Law is currently ranked among the top 100 law schools in the United States.
University of Maine School of Law Marine Law Institute 246 Deering Ave., 5th Floor Portland, ME 04102 207-228-8430 mainelaw.maine.edu
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