SBA and Organizations
Student Bar Association
The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the governing body of the students at The University of Tulsa College of Law. Through its activities, the SBA endeavors to further legal education, promote interaction and professionalism among students, faculty and the administration, and advocate the concerns of students. In addition, the SBA coordinates student activities and organizations, and is charged with appropriating funds for student activities and student organizations.
ABA Dispute Resolution Chapter (DRC)
The ABA Dispute Resolution Chapter (DRC) provides an opportunity to enhance your learning experience with various activities throughout the year. We sponsor lectures related to alternative dispute resolution, conduct workshops to enhance skills in alternative dispute resolution, participate in the planning and execution of the Representation in Mediation Competition, as well as, provide opportunities for public service in the dispute resolution field.
The America Constitution Society for Law and Policy is a national organization of law students, law professors, practicing lawyers, and others. We seek to restore the fundamental principles of respect for human dignity, protection of individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice to their rightful—and traditionally central—place in American law. We recognize the profound role that legal theory and doctrine play in shaping broader political debate and, ultimately, the daily lives of American citizens. The ACS aims to help strengthen in American law a steadfast commitment to upholding the rights, liberties and dignity of our people-a commitment embodied in both the text and purpose of our Constitution and in the jurisprudence of such justices as John Marshall, Louis Brandeis, William Brennan, Potter Stewart, Thurgood Marshall, and Harry Blackmun. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join.
A College of Law publication, Dicta includes articles of interest and importance to the law school community. Faculty, staff, alumni, and students contribute articles. The Faculty Profile section comprises brief biographies of law faculty and staff, and the Publications section reviews published books and articles by students, faculty, and staff.
The purpose of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) is to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of black law students, foster professional competence, focus on the relationship of the black attorney to the American legal structure, instill in the black attorney and law student a greater commitment to the needs of the black community, influence the legal community to bring about meaningful change in the black community, and do all things necessary and lawful to accomplish these purposes. Members are matriculated black law students at American member law schools or at-large chapters.
The Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a support group of Christians and non-Christians. It provides a fellowship group for students throughout the law school experience. CLS began six years ago with seven members; it currently has a membership of 35 law students.
Entertainment and Sports Law Society
The Entertainment and Sports Law Society sponsors monthly speakers as well as specialized competitions such as a Sports Law Negotiation Competition.
Environment and Natural Resources Society
The Environment and Natural Resources Society sponsors speakers, and members work with practitioners to write the Environmental Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association's newsletter. Members also assist the Board of Advocates in preparing for the College of Law's participation in the Pace National Environmental Moot Court Competition.
The Federalist Society is a nationwide organization promoting open debate on legal issues. The Society meets monthly and arranges special events and debate forums.
The Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA) is an organization dedicated to promoting the educational, cultural, and social needs of Hispanic law students. HLSA is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association Law Student Division (HNBA-LSD), a national organization dedicated to assisting its local chapters with job opportunities and educational loans available to Hispanic law students. HLSA is one of the College of Law's newest student organizations and is devoted to increasing the number of Hispanic law students and to promoting their success in the legal profession.
Intellectual Property Group
The Intellectual Property Group formerly The Information Technology Society (ITS), is a society of TU law students who share an interest, big or small, in technology, specifically Information Technology. At ITS, we strive to develop our understanding of the legal structure within the digital world and to provide a forum in which technological interests can be discussed alongside their legal implications.
Our group is a chapter of the ILSA (International Law Students' Association) group located in Washington, D.C. By being a chapter of ILSA our group provides current information for members regarding Moot Court competitions, student internships, employment opportunities, conferences, and other areas of law from which members wish to acquire information for their own benefit and pleasure.
Overall, our group invites students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds to participate in discussions, speaker forums, and community/social events that promote international and comporative law. We hope to raise awareness of the growing influence of globalization, a trend that requires closer scrutiny of international legal issues. ILSA is dedicated to monitor recent events, especially in areas such as international relations and global competition and cooperation.
This group focuses on the broad legal issues that comprise the practice of international and comparative law. Several legal issues that are examined include trade law, energy law (oil and gas), health and environmental law, NAFTA, and the European Union.
Interstate Law Society
The Interstate Law Society is a group targeted as students from all 50 states, particularly those who wish to work outside of Oklahoma, and serves as a means for them to interact, socialize, and make life-long connections while displaced from their home states.
The J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS) is an international law society composed of professionals who seek to affirm the strength brought to law by a lawyer's personal religious convictions. Members strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.
Here at The University of Tulsa School of Law, the JRCLS provides an opportunity for students and others to meet and discuss legal issues. The society also provides social activities to foster friendships among members, their families, and their friends.
The University of Tulsa has a full line-up of intramural sports available to all students. Each year, the program offers flag football, tennis, golf, table tennis, basketball, badminton, swimming, volleyball, korfball, softball, and golf.
Jewish Law Students Association
The Jewish Law Students Association meets periodically to deal with issues that affect Jewish law students. Activities include seminars, discussion groups, open lectures, and publication of a newsletter circulated to the entire law school community.
Latter-day Saints Student Association (LDSSA)
Latter-day Saints Student Association (LDSSA), an organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is currently organized on 1,075 college campuses throughout the United States and Canada. The purpose of LDSSA is to encourage and support its members in achieving their academic goals and maintaining a balanced life consistent with Church standards. In addition, members of LDSSA are encouraged to become an influence for good by participating in activites and service on campus and in the community. LDSSA membership is open to any student or faculty member who is willing to maintain Church standards.
Contact: Don Mason, 743-2874
Law and Medicine Society
The Law and Medicine Society was established to bring medical-legal issues to The University of Tulsa through guest speakers and information meetings. The society targets trends and issues in today's ever-changing health care community and their relationship to the law. In doing so, the Society attempts to answer questions that confront law students today and expand the knowledge of those students who will help shape the health care legal issues of tomorrow.
Law Student Division: American Bar Association
Membership in the Law Student Division (LSD) of the American Bar Association (ABA) is open to all law students. LSD members receive nine issues annually of Student Lawyer, a publication that keeps readers abreast of what law students in the U.S. are doing. Each year, two student members receive an expense-paid trip to the American Bar Association national convention to attend workshops, seminars, and meetings with other student leaders and lawyers from across the country. Delegates also represent the College of Law at regional ABA/LSD meetings. Low-cost group life and health insurance are available, and ABA-LSD members also receive lower rates on certain books and study guides. Membership dues are $20.00 per year and include a subscription to the ABA journal.
Delta Theta Phi was created in September of 1913, when the legal fraternities Delta Phi Delta, Alpha Kappa Phi, and Theta Lambda Phi amalgamated. All of the great law fraternities which today comprise Delta Theta Phi were founded by students. These students were interested in the future of the legal profession and their own futures as practitioners of that profession. They sought to create an organization that would contribute to their interests as well as to the law schools with which they are associated.
Delta Theta Phi has senates across the United States, Puerto Rico, Australia, Canada, and Iceland. Is it the only law fraternity in the world with its own authoritatively recognized law review; The Adelphia Law Journal. Today, the Fraternity enjoys the goodwill of all who are familiar with its activities and traditions and it is universally recognized as the leading professional fraternity in the world.
Phi Alpha Delta is an international professional association of law students, legal educators, and members of the bench and bar organized to promote professional competency and achievement. Phi Alpha Delta chapters benefit from strong faculty and administration support.
Phi Delta Phi is the oldest international legal fraternity. In addition to providing intellectual exchange and professional contacts, membership benefits include interest-free loans, insurance programs, scholar awards, and access to professional gatherings and national conventions. Phi Delta Phi promotes academic excellence. To become a member, a student must be in the top third of his or her class, be an officer of an organization recognized by the College of Law, or be involved with a law journal. Phi Delta Phi was named International Inn of the Year by the society's national office in 1995. The chapter competed against 179 chapters from law schools in North and South America and was judged on the basis of academic excellence, individual member achievements, and group-sponsored activities.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans. Law Caucus
This organization encourages cooperation between law students, faculty, and members of the community in discussing and addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans. legal issues.
Native American Law Student Association
The Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) is dedicated to creating a forum for all students interested in Indian law. Members participate in the National Native American Moot Court Competition in February and travel to Albuquerque for the Federal Indian Bar Conference in April. They are also active in research of issues impacting the American Indian population through the Native American Law Certificate Program and its component internship/externship program. Many of NALSA's members are candidates for the Indian Law Certificate and would be glad to talk to anyone interested in earning the certificate. For the last three years, the Native American Rights Funds has selected a TU student to work as an intern during the summer.
Part-Time Student Association
The Part-Time Student Association (PTSA) promotes the interests of the part-time and evening students within the College of Law. Founded in 2001, we provide part-time students a voice and presence in the decisions and events of this law school. Many of our members work full-time either professionally or in the home, so PTSA facilitates interaction with the legal community in the evenings, when it may be more convenient to your schedule. PTSA sponsors a team for Chilifest, and our members help support local charities. Also, PTSA sponsors the annual Softball Slam tournament, drawing teams from the students, faculty, and law firms around Tulsa. PTSA fosters support and fellowship amongst its members as we all progress toward a future in the legal profession. Membership is open to all students, full or part-time, in the College of Law.
The Public Interest Law Society seeks to provide an open forum for students who are interested in donating their time to those who are less fortunate, to expose students to a side of life that some may never otherwise come into contact with, and the rewards associated with helping others who, often, cannot help themselves. PILS provides opportunities, both during law school and post-graduation, for the assistance of low-income/indigent persons.
Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law Society (REELS) is a student organization for law students with interests in energy, resource, and environmental law. The mission of REELS is to promote the interests of conservation of energy and natural resources, sustainability of the environment, and to explore the many ways which the practice of law can help to achieve these goals. REELS also seeks to provide fellowship among students and faculty, to represent student needs and wants in regard to energy and environmental issues, and to provide a forum for the presentation of ideas to benefit the university community.
Republican Law Society
The Republican Law Society is an organization of TU law students who are passionate about politics. RLS holds monthly meetings which often include local speakers. In addition, members have participated in political polling, debates on campus, voter registration drives and volunteer work for local politicians. RLS strives to provide TU law students with the opportunity to connect with each other and with political leaders in the community.
Significant Others Society
The Significant Others Society, also known as SOS, is a support group to help spouses, friends, and relatives of law students handle the transition into "legal life." SOS members meet monthly to socialize and listen to guest speakers. Topics include budgeting for school and beyond, stress management, law school curriculum, family psychology, and test-taking strategies.
The Tulsa Law and Technology Association is a student organization dedicated to exploring and enhancing the connections between the study and practice of law and the use of various technologies, the World Wide Web, and computers. For additional information, see the organization's web site.
Tulsa University Trial Lawyers Association (TUTLA)
The TU chapter of the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) is an extension of the national parent chapter. The student organization is open to any law student interested in the trial process. TUTLA members may attend ATLA seminars at reduced costs.
The Women's Law Caucus was organized to encourage more women to enter the legal profession, erase continued professional discrimination against women, provide mutual support for fellow students, and call attention to the needs and problems of women as attorneys.
The Women's Law Caucus is especially concerned with three areas:
1) recruitment and orientation - actively recruiting women to enter the legal profession;
2) curriculum and materials - -encouraging the administration to expand its course offerings to reflect the growing body of law;
3) placement - bringing to campus recruiters from firms and agencies that have demonstrated willingness to hire without discrimination.
The Women's Law Caucus is not just for women. Any student or faculty member may join.