Bar Support Program
The University of Tulsa College of Law believes that our obligation to students extends beyond the Juris Doctorate degree. We recognize that the final hurdle that must be completed before one can become a practicing lawyer is passing a bar examination. Although most law programs give students the substantive knowledge they need to be a lawyer, they do not teach them how to prepare for the bar examination. The bar examination, like other comprehensive and concentrated licensing exams, requires endurance, discipline, and training.
To enhance the traditional program of law study, TU College of Law offers a Bar Support Program to students in their final semester of law school. Enrollment in this program is part of the 3L Professionalism requirement and required for graduation. This program specifically addresses the mechanics of taking a bar examination, as well as provides a substantive review of courses tested on the bar exam. Although this assistance does not replace the bar review program every student should take after graduation in preparation for the bar, the program combines outside commercial bar preparation courses and TU College of Law-directed workshops to give our students a head start.
Fall and Spring, Third Year and subsequent to diagnostic MBE:
The University of Tulsa College of Law has engaged BARBRI to provide seven sessions (14 contact hours) of early bar prep that is delivered in a live online classroom experience. In the course, students learn and master the skills necessary for success on the bar exam and in the practice of law. Students focus in discrete legal reasoning skills, including:
- Legal reading and auditory skills
- Issue identification
- Separating relevant facts from your relevant facts based upon the call of the question
- Clearly articulating a specific rule of law
- Critically analyzing and applying relevant law to relevant facts
- Drawing and clearly stating the correct conclusion
The course features a highly participative, learn-by-doing approach. For each skill, the instructor will demonstrate the skill, and then students will have an opportunity to practice and master that skill.
Class activities include both written and oral assignments.
In addition to skills-based learning, each class will include elements of the most tested rules of law on each of the MBE topics. Students also receive access to BARBRI AMP as they have in the past.
Pre- and post-graduation:
In addition to the live lectures provided in each session, BARBRI will provide every third-year student enrolled in the program with a BARBRI AMP account. BARBRI AMP is a new product that emphasizes improvement on the multistate portion of the bar exam. After each session, you will have two weeks to complete the BARBRI AMP assignment for each subject tested. Each BARBRI AMP module will take no more than five hours to complete, depending on your substantive knowledge of the law.
We encourage each student to take a commercial bar prep, specifically Kaplan MBE and BARBRI. Because some students do not have the resources to pay for a commercial bar prep, scholarships are available.
Full-tuition: BARBRI and Kaplan provide full-tuition, need-based scholarships to TU College of Law students. Each company awards two full-tuition scholarships for the February exam and three for the July exam. These scholarships are awarded by TU College of Law through an application process to those who have no other means to take a bar review. The BARBRI scholarships are only available to students taking the Oklahoma Bar exam; the Kaplan scholarships are available for any state bar exam.
Bar Loan: Finally, TU College of Law offers a $1,000 interest-free loan for students who certify that they will not work while preparing for the bar exam. This incentive allows students to have back-up funds for living expenses while studying for the bar. We have found that students who devote the full twelve weeks to bar preparation without working have a substantially better chance for passing the bar.