Public Interest Board

The Public Interest Board is a student-run organization at The University of Tulsa College of Law that involves students in community service, public service, and pro bono work as they progress through their legal education. Students assist the underserved and underrepresented in the University of Tulsa community. During a semester, students log approximately 6,000 hours (equivalent to more than 22 weeks of full-time work) in public interest service.

Each student becomes a member of the Public Interest Board upon enrollment at The University of Tulsa College of Law, and is encouraged to complete 60 or more hours of community service prior to graduation in order to receive service honors. The program is designed to mirror both the American Bar Association’s Rule 6.1 and the ideals behind the Oklahoma Bar Association’s notion that a lawyer has a responsibility to the public.

The Executive Board of the Public Interest Board advises students interest in pursuing public interest involvement, and supervises all student-run pro bono and community service projects. The Board attempts to organize events that provide students with experiential learning opportunities that stress the value of service in the legal community.

Partner organizations:

Court Appointed Special Advocates
Tulsa Lawyers for Children
Tulsa Area United Way
Catholic Charities
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
Rescued 'n Ready
Murdock Villa
Kendall-Whittier Elementary School
John 3:16
Lawyers Fighting Hunger
Toys for Tots
Dress for Success

TU College of Law believes in instilling a life-long commitment to public service, assisting clients with unmet legal needs, enabling public service organizations and individual lawyers to accept more public service cases.  Incoming students participate in Public Service Day during orientation, and numerous school-wide events are held throughout each year.  Additionally, students who volunteer at local non-profit organizations during the summer are eligible to receive public interest law stipends to assist them financially during their endeavors.

(Students celebrate birthdays at Murdock Villa)

(Students pack boxes at the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma)

The University of Tulsa College of Law Public Service Program cannot provide direct legal advice or legal services to members of the general public.  Law student volunteers must be supervised by a law school faculty member or licensed attorney.   For further assistance in obtaining an attorney, please contact any of the following agencies:

Legal Aid Services

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma is a not-for-profit law firm which provides free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income individuals and their families and to elderly persons in the areas of family, consumer, housing, health, and employment. Legal Aid attorneys and staff work through a network of fully staffed law offices and satellite offices, serving eligible clients in all 77 counties in Oklahoma.

If you are an attorney or a non-profit organization interested in receiving assistance from a law student volunteer, please contact the Professional Development Office at 918.631.2129 or