For more than a decade, Tulsa College of Law’s Boesche Legal Clinic has provided law students with opportunities to learn by representing clients under the supervision of College of Law faculty members. Students experience the formation and development of the attorney client relationship and accompanying professional obligations through direct representation of clients as they begin to develop their professional advocacy skills.
The Clinic functions as a law firm, representing real clients with real problems. It is both a legal service provider and a class for which students receive academic credit. Second and third-year students work closely with faculty members in the Immigrant Rights Project to represent non-citizens in immigration matters. During their time in the Clinic, students explore and begin to develop the fundamental professional skills involved in practicing law. Students gain experience interviewing and counseling clients, negotiating with other attorneys, case planning, conducting factual investigations, drafting documents, examining and preparing witnesses, working with federal, state, and local government agencies, and providing written and oral advocacy and community education workshops.
Clinic clients are low income residents of Oklahoma who would not be able to obtain legal counsel if the clinic's services were primarily available. They come to us from a rich array of cultures, religions, affiliations, and backgrounds. As a result, clinic students not only grow as professionals but are able to experience the rewards that come from public service and have to the opportunity to learn from the diverse perspectives and experiences of their clients. For many students, participating in a clinic is one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences they will have in law school.