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 Janet Koven Levit
Academic staff
28 (full-time)

277 (full-time)

39 (part-time)
Location Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Campus Urban, 230 acres (93 ha)
Colors Royal blue, Old gold, & Crimson[1]

The University of Tulsa College of Law is a private law school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Dean of the College of Law is Janet Koven Levit, a nationally recognized scholar in the field of comparative and international law. Levit was named Interim Dean on October 10, 2007, and permanently appointed as Dean on July 11, 2008. In October 2014, Janet Levit announced she will return to the faculty, effective July 1, 2015. In December 2014, Lyn Entzeroth was selected as the new Dean, effective July 1, 2015.

US News & World Report ranks The University of Tulsa College of Law at #82, up 65 places in the rankings since 2011.[2]

According to Tulsa Law's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 58% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar-passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.[3]


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 of Tulsa attorneys who practiced law during the daytime and taught classes at night. There were no full-time faculty.[4]

It became part of The University of Tulsa in 1943. A pioneer Tulsa attorney named John Rogers is credited with making this association.[5] 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 faculty were hired for the first time. 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.[4]


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 law school offers students the ability to obtain joint JD/MA degrees in a variety of fields including, history, English, psychology, as well as a joint J.D./M.B.A., joint JD/MTAX, and joint JD/MS in geosciences, biological sciences, and finance. The law school also offers certificate programs in Health Law; Native American Law; and Sustainable Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law.

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.


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


The recently renovated model 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. The current clinical projects are concerned with the rights of immigrants and the issues facing small business owners and non-profit organisations. Previous projects have centered on among the aged, American Indians, inter alia.


According to TU Law's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 58% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners.[3] Including solo-practitioners, the full-time long-term bar passage-required employment rate for 2013 graduates was 59.8%,[3] higher than the national average of 57% for ABA-approved law schools.[6]

TU College of Law ranked 96th among ABA-approved law schools in terms of the percentage of 2013 graduates with non-school-funded, full-time, long-term, bar passage required jobs nine months after graduation.[7]

TU Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 18.8%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[8] 89.3% of the Class of 2013 was employed in some capacity while 2.7% were pursuing graduate degrees and 8% were unemployed nine months graduation.[3]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at TU Law for the 2014-2015 academic year is $54,214.[9]

The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $201,183.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]

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
Allison Garrett 1987 Attorney/Academia administrator Walmart Vice President/Legal Counsel (1994–2004); current president at Emporia State University.
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)
Burt Solomons c. 1978 Real estate and construction attorney Texas State Representative from 1995 to 2013 from Denton County
Harry M. Wyatt III 1980 Military Director, Air National Guard, the Pentagon, Washington, DC (2009–present);


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  3. ^ a b c d "Section of Legal Education, Employment Summary Report". American Bar Association. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b University of Tulsa College of Law: History of the College of Law." Accessed April 25, 2012 [1]
  5. ^ .TU website "History of TU." Accessed February 24, 2011
  6. ^ Caron, Paul. "ABA Releases 'Bleak' Jobs Data for 2013 Law School Grads". TaxProf Blog. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Leichter, Matt. "Class of 2013 Employment Report". The Law School Tuition Bubble. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "University of Tulsa Profile". Law School Transparency. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "JD Tuition and Fees". The University of Tulsa College of Law. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "University of Tulsa Profile, Cost". Law School Transparency. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 

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