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University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, OK
[By Felicia Dominguez] University Of Tulsa College Of Law, founded in 1923 by a group of Tulsa attorneys, was originally located in downtown Tulsa in the old Central High School. With a law library located in the Tulsa County Courthouse, its faculty was composed of attorneys who practiced during the day and instructed students in the evening. After gaining an affiliation with the University of Tulsa in the mid 1940s, the law school moved to its current location when John Rogers Hall was built in the late 1960s.

A private school accredited by the American Bar Association, University of Tulsa College of Law’s enrollment stands at nearly 600 students, approximately 80 of whom are attending part-time. The 200-acre campus, situated four miles from downtown Tulsa, OK, population 550,000, is bordered by several residential sections of town as well as a commercial district. Most students attend full-time and are from out of state; the average student is 25 years old. With a student-faculty ratio of 4:, the largest class has between 55 and 65 students, while the smallest classes have eight to 20 students. The school also features the state-of-the-art Mabee Legal Information Center, an $.5 million, 28,000square-foot addition to the college of law that opened in January 2000 and includes high-tech resources, expansive meeting spaces, and electronic classrooms. Tulsa University’s part-time program permits students up to five years to complete their Juris Doctor requirements. The graduation requirements for part-time students are the same as those for students in the full-time program. The law school also offers two LL.M. programs-one in American Indian and indigenous law and one in American law, offered exclusively for foreign lawyers. The school is a leading research center for Native American law and history; the school is enhanced by its proximity to major tribal headquarters. Students in this area benefit

from hands-on internships within thriving Indian governments. The school’s eight certificate programs include Native American Law, Health Law, Public Policy and Regulation, Lawyering Skills, Comparative and International Law, Center for Dispute Resolution, National Energy-Environment Law and Policy Institute, and Entrepreneurial Law. Available internships include International Affairs, Women’s Rights, City and County Attorney, Sports, Education, Green Law, Federal Agencies, Washington Internships in Law and Policy, Congressional, and Human Rights. Students can participate in summer- and semester-abroad programs that teach them about the interactions of national and international economies, business, politics, and the law. Courses are offered in Dublin, Ireland; London, England; Geneva, Switzerland; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

second- and third-year students represent clients in a wide variety of matters, including probate, guardianship, estate planning, child custody, divorce, adoption, and consumer issues. The legal clinic’s programs include the Immigrant Legal Rights Program, the Health Law Project, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Legal Program, and federal and state judicial internships. Tulsa University features numerous law student organizations, which are named on its website, as well as legal fraternities such as Delta Theta Phi, Phi Alpha Delta, and Phi Delta Phi. The University Square Apartments are available to law students and offer one- and two-bedroom apartments with off-street parking, spacious living-room and dining areas, and full-size kitchens with utility areas. Tuition for the full-time program is $25,264

Students can gain experience by working on the school’s three journals: the Energy Law

per year, while part-time tuition is $7,688. Financial aid options at the University of Tulsa are available through scholarships, federal loans, and private loans. The Office of Financial Services is the best resource for financial aid and loan eligibility information; contact information is available on its website. Tulsa’s Office of Career Services provides student and postgraduate career counseling.

Journal, published in conjunction with the
Energy Bar Association; the Tulsa Journal

of Comparative & International Law; and the Tulsa Law Review, the official publication of the college of law.
University of Tulsa College of Law’s Boesche Legal Clinic gives law students opportunities to represent clients and resolve legal disputes. Within their clinical programs,

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Through the office, a student can attend fall and spring on-campus interviews, attend career-related seminars, participate in mock interviews, and attend regional and national job fairs. With a relatively large local population, the city of Tulsa is said by locals to be bustling without being stressful. With more than 50 major corporations headquartered in Tulsa, quiet bedroom communities maintain comfort levels just minutes from the heart of the city.

Equidistant from Kansas City and Dallas, Tulsa has professional opera and ballet companies, outstanding art museums, a professional community theater and performing arts center, a professional football arena, parks, a zoo, an aquarium, and a modern variety of choices for dining and shopping, providing a balance of recreational activities for visitors and residents alike.

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