Professional Development

The Professional Development Office is committed to developing the careers of current students, graduating students, and TU College of Law alumni through mentoring, assisting in job placement, and providing professional networking opportunities.

Foundations of Legal Study 

The focus on career and professional development at TU College of Law begins before students ever enter the classroom,  during the Foundations of Legal Study (FLS), a four-day program designed to prepare new law students for academic and professional success. 




FLS events include:

  • Social activities where students meet the professors and alumni
  • Visits to actual courtroom proceedings at federal and state courthouses
  • A trip to the Tulsa County Bar Center where students meet current and past TCBA presidents
  • A public service project where students volunteer an local nonprofit organizations
  • Instruction on law school policies, note-taking, professional dress, etiquette, case briefing, and research

Dean's Seminar on the Legal Market 

The Dean's Seminar, led by Dean Janet Levit and Dean Kristine Bridges, gives students an overview of various aspects of legal practice in America and provides a foundation for students’ professional development and market-readiness upon graduation. The classroom component consists of six weekly sessions covering topics such as ethical obligations of lawyers to clients, the court, and the bar; leadership skills and professional paths for juris doctor candidates; and duty to serve the public interest. The classroom sessions are followed by four professional development sessions that include participation in the OBA Annual Convention, an on-campus presentation addressing bar membership.

Professional Development Office