Oklahoma Licensed Legal Internship Program

TU College of Law students may prepare for the practice of law through their experience as a licensed legal intern (LLI), a program that allows students to practice law and appear in court under the supervision of an attorney. There are two main settings where TU law students can use the LLI to gain valuable experience in the practice of law: 1) Externship, clerkship or internship and 2) the Family Advocacy Clinic.

LLI in Externships, Clerkships and Internships

The LLI allows students, in the course of an externship, clerkship or internship during their second or third year of law school, to appear before any Oklahoma Court of Record, municipal court, or administrative agency.

If you have any questions about obtaining or using your LLI, please contact Lauren Donald in the Professional Development Office at lauren-donald@utulsa.edu or 918-631-2890.

LLI in the Family Advocacy Clinic

The LLI is required for enrollment in the Family Advocacy Clinic. Second year students are eligible for an “Academic Legal Intern License” (Academic LLI) for use in this clinic. The Academic LLI is typically used by students in the first semester of their second year who are not otherwise eligible for the “regular” LLI (because they have not yet met the minimum requirement of 45 credit hours and/or because they have not completed Evidence and Professional Responsibility). The regular LLI can also be used in the Family Advocacy Clinic.

If you have any questions about the Family Advocacy Clinic or obtaining a LLI or academic LLI for use in the Clinic, please contact Professor Carpenter at 918-631-5860.

LLI Quick Checklist

The Licensed Legal Intern Program is controlled by state law and the Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules. Please review the requirements and rules carefully. This section provides a brief overview and checklist of the requirements for an LLI. Further detail appears below in the “Eligibility” section. Please contact the Professional Development Office or Lauren Donald with any questions. 

  1. Carefully review the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma on Legal Internship, this document includes appendices (Form 1 and Form 2) which must be submitted to the Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA). 
  2. Register as a law student with the Board of Bar Examiners of the Oklahoma Bar Association (approval may take up 4-6 months, but you can register as early as your second semester). 
  3. Submit Form 1 with a $50 check to the OBA. If you have a Supervising Attorney, submit (Form 2) to the OBA. Submit copies of both these forms, a copy of your MPRE score (if applicable), and a University of Tulsa Intern Application to the Professional Development Office. All these forms must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the date you plan to take the LLI Examination. 
  4. Sit for the next LLI Examination. A passing score for Section A and Section B is 70%.
  5. Enroll in Law 5700 - No Credit Internship Program class or the Family Advocacy Clinic; must remain enrolled in Law 5700 (or the Family Advocacy Clinic where applicable) at all times prior to graduation.
  6. Wait for approvals from OBA. Submit Form 2 for Supervising Attorney (if you have not done so prior to this time). Wait for notice of your LLI Swearing-in Ceremony. 
  7. After you are sworn-in, you are responsible for reporting your required hours monthly using the Monthly Reporting Summary (Family Advocacy Clinic students are exempt from the reporting requirement).

Forms for the Licensed Legal Intern Program

Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma on Legal Internship (includes Form 1 and Form 2 to be filed with the Oklahoma Bar Association) (PDF)
Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners Law Student Registration Application
The University of Tulsa Intern Application (PDF)

Monthly Time Report Summary (PDF)

Form 1

Form 2

Eligibility Requirements for the Legal Intern License

Note: These eligibility requirements must be met by the time a student is sworn-in, students may (and should) begin the process of applying for the LLI during the second semester of their first year. 

  1. Students must be regularly enrolled at TU College of Law and have successfully completed 45 Juris Doctor credit hours including the following courses: Civil Procedure I and II; Professional Responsibility; and Evidence. (Please note: The Academic LLI, for use only in the Family Advocacy Clinic, requires completion of 30 Juris Doctor credit hours including Civil Procedure I and II. Students must have either completed Evidence or Professional Responsibility or be concurrently enrolled in those courses during their enrollment in the Clinic.) Students may apply and take the LLI Examination prior to completing these courses, but may not be sworn-in as a “regular” LLI until these courses are completed. 
  2. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher or their license will automatically be terminated. 
  3. Students must pass a LLI Examination on a) the Supreme Court Rules on Legal Internships and b) professional responsibility (a passing MPRE score may substitute for b), the professional responsibility exam).

Registration Requirement

Registration and acceptance as a law student with the Board of Bar Examiners of Oklahoma Bar Association. Please note that the Character and Fitness Application through the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and final approval from the Board of Bar Examiners may take up to six months. Students may apply and take the exam prior to approval, but may not be sworn in until the investigation has been completed and approved. For law student registration information and application forms and fee schedule, visit www.okbbe.com . The Law Student Registration Application requires a fee of $125 (if filed on or before October 15th of your second year) and the Character and Fitness application requires a fee of $200-275. Register early and save money!

Please note, the law student may not have to register as a law student in Oklahoma, if they are registered as a law student in another state. If you have questions regarding registration, please contact Lauren Donald in the Professional Development Office.

Application Requirement

  1. The law student must submit an Application for a Limited License (Form 1) with the OBA two weeks prior to the examination date. A $50 non-refundable check made payable to the OBA should be included along with the application for processing.
  2. A copy of the Limited License application (Form 1) and The University of Tulsa Intern application (PDF) should also be submitted to the Professional Development Office to officially register your intent to sit for the examination. 
  3. Application forms (Form 1 and Form 2) can be found in the Licensed Legal Interns Forms section of the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma on Legal Internship.

Examination Requirement

The Licensed Legal Internship examination shall consist of two one hour sections, Section A and Section B. The minimum passing score is 70% on each section.

All students are required to sit for Section A which consists of 50 true/false questions from the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma on Legal Internship. One hour will be allowed for the examination. A student that has not obtained the 75% score on the MPRE, is required to sit for Section B. Section B is a one hour examination with 50 true/false questions.

A student that has been successfully tested over the Rules of Professional Conduct by achieving a minimum passing score of 75% for the State of Oklahoma on the Multistate Professional Responsibility examination (MPRE) shall be exempt from taking Section B. A copy of the MPRE Score must be submitted to the Professional Development Office with the University of Tulsa Intern application as documentation to exclude the student from testing for Section B. 2. What to study for the examination? Section A covers the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma on Legal Internship; Section B covers the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct found in 5 O.S. Ch. 1, App. 3-A.

Your application must be filed with the OBA two weeks prior to the exam. Please note, this is the received-by date and not the post-marked date. All examinations will be given at 1:00 PM in typically in Room 204, John Rogers Hall.

Upcoming Legal Internship Examination Dates:

Friday, August 29, 2014
(Application Deadline: August 15, 2014)
Friday, November 7, 2014
(Application Deadline: October 24, 2014)
Friday, January 23, 2015
(Application Deadline: January 9, 2015) 
Friday, April 10, 2015
(Application Deadline: March 27, 2015)
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
(Application Deadline: May 5, 2015)

Good Standing Requirement

Upon successful completion of the Licensed Legal Intern examination the law school will provide: 

  1. Law School Certificate, certifying your completion of the requisite credit hours and GPA of 2.0 or higher. 
  2. Law School Letter from the Dean stating that you are qualified for the license and enrolled in the requisite courses.

Supervision Requirement 

  1. All legal interns must work under the supervision of an “approved supervising attorney.” The student is responsible for finding his/her own supervising attorney. In the Family Advocacy Clinic, Professor Carpenter is the supervising attorney. 
  2. The student must submit a supervising attorney application/affidavit (Form 2) in which the supervising attorney agrees to supervise the student and accepts responsibility for compliance with the Legal Internship Rules of the Supreme Court of Oklahoma. All supervising attorneys must be approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association. 
  3. If a student changes supervising attorneys, a new application/affidavit must be filed and approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association. 
  4. The application can be found in the Licensed Legal Interns Forms section of the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma on Legal Internship.

A student may file all the other documents and begin the application process before finding a supervising attorney and take the LLI examination. However, a student cannot be sworn in as an LLI until the Supervising Attorney Form has been filed and approved by the OBA.

Enrollment Requirement

As part of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s requirements for participation in the Licensed Legal Intern Program, the student is required be enrolled in the relevant courses. For use in internships and externships, this is course: Law 5700 – the No Credit Internship Program. All LLIs must be enrolled in this class at all times prior to graduation, including summer. For regular LLI or Academic LLI use in the clinic, the student must be enrolled in the Family Advocacy Clinic. Failure to enroll will result in license termination. Please note: If you become eligible to use your LLI and are sworn-in mid-semester (after drop/add course deadline), the PDO will make the course addition request on your behalf.

Reporting Requirement

All Licensed Legal Interns who are participating in internships or externships must prepare and submit Monthly Summary Reports until placed on inactive status or graduation. Family Advocacy Clinic students are exempt from this requirement. Graduate licenses will remain active after graduation until the first bar examination/swearing in. The graduate intern is still required to obtain the minimum in-court hours each month. The graduate will then be on an honor system with his/her supervisor and not required to report hours to the law school.

The deadline for the report is the 5th day of the month following the reporting period: 

  1. Summary reports require your Supervising Attorney’s signature. If you are unable to obtain his/her signature, submit the report with your signature by the due date and forward a final copy later with your supervisor’s signature. 
  2. All reports should be submitted by 4:00 PM on the 5th day of the month following the reporting period. Anyone unable to meet the deadline is required to contact Lauren Donald at 918.631.2890.
  3. Submit the late report as quickly as possible, together with a signed statement explaining the reason(s) why the report is late.

Inactivating License

If a Licensed Intern is unable to obtain the required number of in-court practice hours to maintain compliance with the program rules, the intern is required to suspend the monthly in-court practice requirement by requesting that the license be placed on inactive status with the Oklahoma Bar Association. This will prevent the revocation of the limited license.
An intern may request his/her license to be placed in inactive status by contacting, Debra Jenkins, OBA Legal Intern Coordinator. A copy of the request and approval must also be sent to lawprofessional-development@utulsa.edu.

Re-Activating License

If the student can now obtain the required number of in-court practice hours to maintain compliance with the program rules under the previously approved supervising attorney, he/she will need to contact Debra Jenkins and request to be re-activated.

If the student can now obtain the required number of in court practice hours to maintain compliance with the program rules with a new supervising attorney, the student will need to submit the Change of Supervising Attorney Form along with a $10 check made payable to the Oklahoma Bar Association. The new Supervising Attorney will need to be approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association before the license can be activated.

Administration

The requirements and administration for this program involve three separate entities: 

  1. Supreme Court of Oklahoma, which has decreed the Rules of the Supreme Court on Legal Internship and authorizes the Oklahoma Bar Association and Oklahoma law schools to establish legal internship programs for law students; 
  2. The Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA), which issues legal internship licenses to law students pursuant to the Supreme Court Rules and Regulations of the OBA Legal Internship Committee; and 
  3. The University of Tulsa College of Law, which administers the program.
    Lauren Donald is the liaison for all TU College of Law students with the Oklahoma Bar Association for the Licensed Legal Intern Program. If you have any questions or concerns please do not contact the OBA directly. Rather, please direct your inquiries to Lauren at 918.631.2890 or lauren-donald@utulsa.edu.