Public Service Program

(Student volunteers at The Little Light House)

The public service program at The University of Tulsa College of Law gives students the opportunity to assist the underserved and underrepresented in the community.  During a semester, students log approximately 3,000 hours (equivalent to more than 11 weeks of full-time work) in public interest service.

The program is voluntary and is designed to mirror both the American Bar Association' Rule 6.1 and the ideals behind the Oklahoma Bar Association's notion that a lawyer has a responsibility to the public.

Partner organizations:
Court Appointed Special Advocates
Tulsa Lawyers for Children
Tulsa Area United Way
Catholic Charities
Domestic Violence Intervention Services
Goodwill Industries
Adult Day Services
Mental Health Association
Animal Aid and animal shelters
Homeless shelters and food banks
Kendall Whittier and other local elementary schools

TU College of Law believes in instilling a life-long commitment to public service, assisting clients with unmet legal needs, enabling public service organizations and individual lawyers to accept more public service cases.  Incoming students participate in Public Service Day during orientation, and numerous school-wide events are held throughout each year.  Additionally, students who volunteer at local non-profit organizations during the summer are eligible to receive public interest law stipends to assist them financially during their endeavors.

(Student volunteers distribute food boxes to 500 families at Iron Gate Ministries)

*The University of Tulsa College of Law Public Service Program cannot provide direct legal advice or legal services to members of the general public.  Law student volunteers must be supervised by a law school faculty member or licensed attorney.   For further assistance in obtaining an attorney, please contact any of the following agencies:  

Legal Aid Services

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma is a not-for-profit law firm which provides free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income individuals and their families and to elderly persons in the areas of family, consumer, housing, health, and employment. Legal Aid attorneys and staff work through a network of fully staffed law offices and satellite offices, serving eligible clients in all 77 counties in Oklahoma.

If you are an attorney or a non-profit organization interested in receiving assistance from a law student volunteer, please contact the Professional Development Office.

Professional Development Office