|The University of Tulsa|
College of Law
|Location||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|USNWR ranking||111th (2020)|
The University of Tulsa College of Law is the law school of the private University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For 2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Tulsa College of Law at #111 among all law schools in the United States. It is the only law school in the Tulsa Metropolitan Area and northeastern Oklahoma.
The University of Tulsa College of Law was founded by local attorneys in 1923, during one of Tulsa's oil booms. The law school was originally known simply as the Tulsa Law School and was independent of the University of Tulsa. Initially, classes took place 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 initially consisted of practicing Tulsa attorneys who taught classes at night.
Tulsa Law was formally absorbed by the University of Tulsa in 1943. A pioneering Tulsa attorney named John Rogers is credited with making this association. 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 formally changed to the University of Tulsa College of Law.
In the late 1970s, Tulsa Law became increasingly prominent in the field of energy law and policy; during this period, the Energy Law Journal and the National Energy and Law Policy Institute were established at the law school (NELPI). The National Energy Law and Policy Institute was initially led by Kent Frizzell, who had served as Assistant Attorney General of the United States from 1972-1973 and Undersecretary of the Department of the Interior from 1975-1977. During this time, Frizzell also taught at Tulsa Law.
Tulsa Law moved from downtown Tulsa to its present location on the University of Tulsa's main campus in 1973, where it was housed in what was then named John Rogers Hall. The building was formally dedicated with a speech by U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist.
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.
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 Jurisprudence (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/Masters in Taxation]], 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 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.
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.
In 2016, Tulsa Law launched the Solo Practice Clinic to help its students develop the skills necessary to operate their own legal practices, which is particularly common for attorneys serving rural, small business and low-income clients, among others.
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. The most popular destinations for TU Law graduates are Oklahoma and Texas.
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). 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).
The notable current and former faculty of TU Law include:
|Daniel J. Boudreau||1976||Lawyer/Appellate Judge||Justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court|
|Samuel H. Cassidy||1975||Politician/Lawyer||Lieutenant Governor of Colorado 1994-1995, Professor at University of Denver|
|Matthew Chandler||2001||Politician/Lawyer||District Attorney in New Mexico; 2010 candidate for New Mexico Attorney General|
|John E. Dowdell||1981||Federal Judge/lawyer||United States District Judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma.|
|Angelique EagleWoman||2004 (LLM)||Scholar/Lawyer/Law School Dean||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.|
|Ross Goodman||1995||Lawyer||High profile criminal defense lawyer in Las Vegas|
|Brian Jack Goree||1989||Attorney||Judge, Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals (2012-present)|
|David Hall [a]||1959||Politician||Governor of Oklahoma (1971-1975)|
|John F. Heil III||1994||Federal Judge||Formerly shareholder of Hall Estill; now a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.|
|Stacie L. Hixon||2002||Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals||Appointed to state Civil Appeals court in March 2020; previously worked for private law practices in Tulsa.|
|Fern Holland [b]||1996||Human Rights Lawyer||Human rights advocate and investigator known for her work with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq|
|Brian Kuester||2000||Lawyer||United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma|
|Bill LaFortune||1983||Politician/Lawyer||Mayor of Tulsa|
|Orville Edwin Langley [c]||1940||Federal Judge and US Attorney||United States District Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma from 1961 to 1965|
|Robert E. Lavender [d]||1953||Appellate Judge||Justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court|
|Stacy Leeds||1979||Scholar/Judge/Law School Dean||Dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law; scholar of Native American Law; Supreme Court Justice for Cherokee Nation|
|Mark McCullough||1998||Politician||Oklahoma State Representative (2007-2017)|
|Michael Mulligan||1987||Attorney/Prosecutor||Lead prosecutor in the courts-martial of Hasan Akbar and of Nidal Malik Hasan, the sole accused in the November 2009 Fort Hood shooting.|
|John M. O'Connor||1980||Attorney, nominated to serve as Federal Judge||Shareholder of Hall Estill and a nominee to be a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.|
|Charles L. Owens [e]||1960||Judge||First African-American judge in Oklahoma and Supreme Court lawyer |
|Elizabeth Crewson Paris||1987||Federal Judge||Judge of the United States Tax Court and adjunct instructor at Georgetown University Law Center|
|Layn R. Phillips||1977||Federal Judge and attorney||Former United States District Judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma from 1984 to 1987, and former partner at Irell & Manella.|
|Scott Pruitt||1993||Politician/Lawyer||Attorney General of Oklahoma (2011-2017); former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency|
|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||1977||Judge||Justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court|
|Clinton Riggs [f]||1954||Law Enforcement educator and inventor||Law Enforcement educator and innovator, inventor of the first Yield sign|
|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)|
|Robert D. Simms [g]||1950||Attorney/ Judge||Justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court|
|Chad "Corntassel" Smith||1980||Politician||Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation (1999-2011)|
|Clancy Smith||1980||Retired judge||Justice of Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals (2010-2017)|
|Jerry L. Smith [h]||1970||Politician||Oklahoma State Representative (1973-1981) and Senator (1981-2004)|
|Burt Solomons||1978||Real estate and construction attorney||Texas State Representative from 1995 to 2013 from Denton County|
|Geoffrey Standing Bear||1980||Politician||Principal Chief of Osage Nation (2014-Present)|
|Leigh H. Taylor||1966||Law professor, law school dean, and civil rights attorney||Former Dean of Southwestern Law School and Dean of Claude W. Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University|
|Stratton Taylor||1982||Politician||Oklahoma State Representative (1979-1981) and Senator (1981-2007)|
|Mike Turpen||1974||Lawyer and politician||Attorney General of Oklahoma (1983-1987), chair of Oklahoma Democratic Party|
|Jane Wiseman||1973||Appellate Judge||Judge on Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals|
|Harry M. Wyatt III||1980||Military||Director, Air National Guard, the Pentagon, Washington, DC (2009-2013)X|
|Hugh Coleman||1994||Lawyer/Politician||County Commissioner Precinct One, Denton County Texas (2009-2020)|