The University of Tulsa College of Law strives to instill the desire to provide public service in our students by having a formal voluntary public service program. Our program is voluntary 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 American Bar Association's Model Rules on Professionalism, Rule 6.1:
"Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at (50) hours of pro bono publico legal services per year."
As stated by the Oklahoma Bar Association's Standards of Professionalism
"Professionalism for lawyers and judges requires honesty, integrity, competence, civility, and public service."
Lawyer's responsibility to the public includes:
- "We will donate legal services to persons unable to afford those services."
- "We will contribute time on a pro bono basis to community activities"