University of Tulsa College of Law

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The University of Tulsa
College of Law
Univ. of Tulsa Law.png
Type Private
Established 1923
Dean Lyn Entzeroth
Academic staff
28 (full-time)
Students 280
Location Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Campus Urban, 230 acres (93 ha)
Colors Royal blue, Old gold, & Crimson[1]
              
Website www.utulsa.edu/law

The University of Tulsa College of Law is the law school of the private University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Dean of the College of Law is Lyn Entzeroth, a nationally recognized scholar in the field of capital punishment. US News & World Report ranks The University of Tulsa College of Law at #86, up 61 places in the rankings since 2011.[2] It is the only law school in Eastern Oklahoma.

History[edit]

The University of Tulsa College of Law was founded by local attorneys in 1923. It was originally known as the Tulsa Law School and was not affiliated with the University of Tulsa. Initially, it was located in the Central High School building in downtown Tulsa, while the law library was in the Tulsa County courthouse, a few blocks away. The faculty consisted largely of Tulsa attorneys who practiced law during the daytime and taught classes at night. There were no full-time faculty.[3]

It was absorbed by the University of Tulsa in 1943. A pioneering Tulsa attorney named John Rogers is credited with making this association.[4] In 1949, the school moved into a downtown office building. In 1953, the school was accredited by the American Bar Association. During the 1950s and 60s, the library, classrooms and administrative offices were consolidated at a single location and full-time tenured and tenure-track research faculty were hired. The school became a member of the Association of American Law Schools in 1966. The name of the school was changed to the College of Law. The college moved to its present location on the University of Tulsa campus in 1973, where it was housed in John Rogers Hall.[3] In May 2016, the university decided to remove the name of John Rogers from the law school's building, in response to increased controversy about Rogers' role in the founding of the Ku Klux Klan in Tulsa in the 1920s.[5]

Academics[edit]

TU College of Law offers Juris Doctor programs for full-time and part-time students. TU Law also grants the degree of Master of Laws, or LLM, in the areas of Native American Law, Natural Resources and Energy Law, and International Law for foreign students. Additionally, the College of Law offers two online Master of Jursiprudence (MJ) degrees in Indian law and energy law. Students have the ability to obtain joint JD/MA degrees in a variety of fields including, history, English, psychology, as well as a joint JD/MBA, joint JD/MTAX, and joint JD/MS in geosciences, biological sciences, and finance. TU Law offers certificate programs in sustainable energy and resources law, Native American law, and health law.

The College also hosts a number of endowed lecture series which bring renowned scholars and jurists to campus:

  • The John W. Hager Distinguished Lecture in Law has brought Lawrence Lessig, William Eskridge, Michelle Alexander and Harold Koh to speak at the College of Law in recent years.
  • The Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture honors the pioneering attorney and early leader of Tulsa's black community (who was also the father of famed historian John Hope Franklin. This lecture series has brought Deborah Rhode, Jerry Kang and Alfred Brophy to speak at TU Law.
  • The Stephanie K. Seymour Distinguished Lecture in Law is the only lecture series in the country established by former clerks to honor the judge for whom they served. This lecture calls attention to the scholarship of an untenured law professor whose dedication and passion mirror that of Judge Seymour.

The College of Law also has study abroad arrangements allowing students to study in Dublin, Ireland or London.

The University of Tulsa College of Law is a national leader in teaching scholarship and research in energy, environmental, and natural resources law and policy and Native American law.

Student-Edited Publications[edit]

  • Tulsa Law Review, previously the Tulsa Law Journal from 1964-2001
  • Energy Law Journal

Offerings and Facilities[edit]

The recently renovated Price & Turpen Courtroom at TU Law is state-of-the-art and serves multiple purposes including actual court proceedings. In 2012, the remainder of the College of Law was remodeled and updated in line with the courtroom and library. The College of Law's Library, the Mabee Legal Information Center, has been ranked among the best in amenities for students, and the entire university offers wireless internet connectivity.

The on-campus Boesche Legal Clinic offers students real-world experience under the supervision of clinical professors while providing pro bono legal services to disadvantaged populations. Clinics include the Immigrant Rights Project and the Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic. Previous projects have centered on among the aged, American Indians, inter alia.

Employment[edit]

According to TU Law's ABA-required disclosures employment summary, 74.4% of the Class of 2014 obtained full-time, long-term, bar-passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.[6] The most popular destinations for TU Law graduates are Oklahoma and Texas.

Costs[edit]

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at TU Law for the 2015-2016 academic year is $58,496 (full-time).[7] 100% of TU Law students received scholarships and/or tuition benefits in 2015.

The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $201,183 (however this figure does not account for merit or need-based aid).[8]

Notable faculty[edit]

The notable current and former faculty of TU Law include:

Notable alumni[edit]

Despite its relatively small class size, the University of Tulsa College of Law has produced a roster of distinguished jurists, notable attorneys, and public officials.

Public officials
Alumni Class Occupation Jurisdiction
John E. Dowdell 1981 Lawyer/Judge United States District Judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma.
Angelique EagleWoman 2004 (LLM) Scholar/Lawyer Dean of Canada's Bora Laskin Faculty of Law; Scholar of Native American Law
Drew Edmondson 1979 Lawyer/Politician 16th Attorney General of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2011.
Allison Garrett 1987 Attorney/Executive/University President Walmart Vice President/Legal Counsel (1994–2004); current president at Emporia State University.
David Hall 1959 Politician Governor of Oklahoma (1971-1975)
Fern Holland 1996 Human Rights Lawyer Known for her work with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq
Bill LaFortune 1983 Politician/Lawyer Mayor of Tulsa
Robert E. Lavender 1953 Judge Justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court
Stacy Leeds 1979 Judge/Academic Dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law; scholar of Native American Law; Supreme Court Justice for Cherokee Nation
Bill LaFortune 1983 Politician/Lawyer Mayor of Tulsa
Elizabeth Crewson Paris 1987 Judge Judge of the United States Tax Court and adjunct instructor at Georgetown University Law Center
Layn R. Phillips 1977 Judge Former United States District Judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Rodger Randle 1979 Politician/Academic Mayor of Tulsa (1988-1992); President pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate; President of predecessor to Rogers State University
John F. Reif 197 Judge Justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court
Scott J. Silverman 1981 Judge Dade County Court judge (1991–1998); circuit court judge 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida (1998–2012)
Chad "Corntassel" Smith 1980 Politician Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation (1999-2011)
Burt Solomons c. 1978 Real estate and construction attorney Texas State Representative from 1995 to 2013 from Denton County
Jane Wiseman c. 1978 Judge Judge on Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals
Harry M. Wyatt III 1980 Military Director, Air National Guard, the Pentagon, Washington, DC (2009–present);

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