Current Public Service Opportunities
Below is a list of public service opportunities available to TU College of Law students. To participate in one of these opportunities, contact the Professional Development Office at 918.631.2430.
Legal Help for Veterans
TU College of Law collaborates with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Community Service Council, and Tulsa County Bar Association to provide legal assistance to veterans in need. As a case is referred to the group, law students are matched with volunteer attorneys assigned from the Tulsa County Bar Association to assist those attorneys as needed in all aspects of the case. Areas of law include family law issues, criminal cases, bankrupty cases, and traffic tickets.
Basic Mediation and Family Relations Mediation Training
TU College of Law facilitates this Basic Mediation and Family Relations Mediation Training (FRMT) in conjunction with the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Students and recent graduates who attend FRMT become certified mediators in Oklahoma and agree to mediate family relations cases and small claims cases in Tulsa county courts. This opportunity allows TU College of Law students to serve the court system and learn crucial skills before graduation.
Tulsa Lawyers for Children Training
Tulsa Lawyers for Children, Inc (TLC) recruits, trains, and provides ongoing assistance to volunteer attorneys who represent children up to 18 years of age who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned and who are subjects of deprived cases in the Tulsa County Juvenile Court. TLC volunteers include not only law students but litigators, family lawyers, corporate attorneys, former judges, former general counsels of large public companies, patent and trademark attorneys, law school professors, and many others who bring their experience, talent, and dedication into a system largely hidden from public scrutiny by the veil of confidentiality which cloaks juvenile proceedings.
TLC provides ongoing assistance through the TU College of Law Student Public Service Project and its Shelter Visitation & Show Cause Hearing Project. Students attend the same training as attorney volunteers and then act as volunteer legal assistants to volunteer attorneys on TLC cases. Students also interview children coming into the shelter and appear at "show cause" hearings as guardians ad litem. Training programs are held at The University of Tulsa College of Law each semester.
Training material: Basics of deprived case, the role of DHS and child's attorneys, ICWA, procedures, jury trials, and communicating with the child client.
Courthouse Assistance Program
The Tulsa County Bar Association and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc, along with members of the Tulsa county judiciary and the Tulsa County Bar, have established the Courthouse Assistance Program (CAP). The goal of CAP is to provide short-term legal assistance at the courthouse, on a volunteer basis, to individuals who have the immediate need for, but cannot afford to hire, counsel in civil matters. Information sessions are held at TU College of Law each year with The Honorable Millie Otey.
Benefits of the program include:
- Assiting the Tulsa County Courthouse, judges and attorneys as well as giving back to the community;
- Observing first-hand courtroom experience and learning how to communicate effectively with clients;
Establishing a positive rapport within the legal community;
Learning about landlord/tenant law; and
Boosting legal experience/resume
The initial phase of the program involves volunteer attorneys at the Forcible Entry and Detainer (FED) docket. The attorneys are available to meet with unrepresented parties who meet certain income guidelines in the courtroom after the docket is called and, if necessary, to represent them at the hearings and/or conferences which take place that day.
The FED Docket is held each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 2:00 PM in Courtroom 112 and lasts 3-5 hours. Presently, volunteer attorneys are available at the Tuesday and Thursday dockets. The cases involve landlords who are trying to evict and/or recover rent from tenants.
Domestic Violence Intervention Services: Civil Legal
Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS)/Call Rape is a Tulsa Area United Way agency and is the only non-profit agency in Tulsa to provide comprehensive intervention and prevention services to men, women, and children affected by domestic and sexual violence.
Participation in the civil legal program includes:
Child Advocacy: Child advocates play an important role in helping children who are living at the DVIS/Call Rape shelter or at Sojourner's Inn, the transitional living facility, by assisting counselors in play therapy during therapy groups at both locations.
Court Advocacy: Staff and volunteers at the Court Advocacy Office assist survivors in obtaining protective orders for themselves, and if necessary, minor children.
Crisis Line: DVIS/Call Rape maintains a 24-hour emergency crisis line for 24-hour assistance to victims.
Family Safety Center: Assists survivors in obtaining emergency protective orders
After completion of DVIS training, students are eligible to work for DVIS. DVIS is willing to sponsor students who seek to obtain an Oklahoma Legal License Intern Certification.
Kendall-Whittier Elementary School
Kendall-Whittier is a partner in education with The University of Tulsa and is one of six community schools in Tulsa. The school provides education not only to students, but to their families.
Disclaimer: The University of Tulsa College of Law and the Professional Development Office do not warranty any opportunities posted. Details are to be worked out between the student and the organization or lawyer who the student is assisting.