Wednesday, March 12th at 12:00
Although I am about to finish law school (only about 9 weeks left!), I am about to participate in my first mock trial today. This is something I’ve managed to avoid, even though TU offers tons of opportunities for trial practice including classes, clubs, and competitions. It’s not like I couldn’t have done this a lot sooner, as most of my classmates have. I just chose to avoid it. Today’s mock trial is part of my Advanced Torts class. I like torts and I am enjoying the class. It’s very interactive and the professor loves to create an atmosphere of conversation. He’s also an excellent trial attorney and he is sharing lots of insight with us on trial practice strategies. But I’m nervous. I don’t really like speaking in front of people, especially if I’m trying to be persuasive. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t plan to go into litigation!
Tuesday, March 4th at 3:00
Thursday night was the annual TU Law Talent Show, where classmates, professors and community members got to show off some amazing talents from song and dance to poetry readings and puppy talents. This charity event + silent auction was an amazing way to kick back and enjoy a night filled with laughter and awe at the amazing hidden talents the TU community has. PLUS, since it’s a charity event, you can feel good about yourself for taking a break from the books. I actually bid (and won!) my first silent auction for tickets to the ballet and almost went home with a puppy brought to the event by local animal shelter. It was a great start to an incredible weekend.
February 18th at 4:00 pm
1. The Community – As a smaller school, you really get to know your classmates, your professors and the members of the TU Law community. Whereas other law schools promote an environment of cut throat competition, at TU you know that if for some reason you have to miss a day of class, or missed something a professor said, a classmate will be more than willing to help you out. This spirit of cooperation and good will extends outside of the classroom as well. This past winter, when the roads were icy and covered in snow, students who were more experienced in driving in snow and had SUVS volunteered to help anyone having issues getting to class.
February 17th at 10:00 am
Today, I would like to tell everyone about the wonderful staff (aka the Golden Girls) that will be assisting you with the admissions process for the University of Tulsa College of Law. They are a wonderful group of ladies that are happy to assist prospective and current students in any way possible! The main contacts that most students will interact with are Janet, April, Monique and Megan. Below, I will be detailing their specific roles and backgrounds in an attempt to help you direct your questions to the appropriate person.
January 29th at 1:00 pm
I am currently in the process of being approved to take the Oklahoma bar exam in July. As part of the application, the National Conference of Bar Examiners does a thorough check of every applicant’s whole life. The application itself is long and demanding, asking for information on all kinds of stuff, like past employers (for the last 10 years), past addresses (which was a challenge for me since I’ve had over 20 addresses since age 18), and many other personal details. The NCBE gives law students the option to start this whole process during their 1L year – which I highly recommend, but did not do myself.
November 22nd 2013 at 12:00
It has been a long time since I last blogged, but I have finally come down from the Rocky Mountains to tell everyone about my internship at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Over the summer, I worked in the Land department in Anadarko’s Denver office. Here is a picture of our view from the 18th floor of the tower (I miss seeing the mountains everyday).
I was assigned to work in the Powder River Basin Asset group, but I was also able to work with the Exploration group too. I was tasked with a variety of projects that ranged from debt collection, drafting a wellbore assignment, managing a joint development agreement and researching state law.
November 13th at 3:00
In undergrad, I didn’t worry about finals until 2 weeks prior to exams, and several all-nighters would usually ensure a good grade. Law school finals however are a whole different beast.
Nov. 1st begins the countdown for finals which usually aren’t until the second week of December. You’re probably wondering what kind of exam takes 6 weeks to prepare for… the kind of exam that is 100% of your final grade. How’s that for added pressure?
November 4th 2013 at 3:00
One of my professors is a firm believe that there is no such thing as “the law.” The rationale is that there is no set law—it is ever-changing. What was once the law or majority opinion can be overruled and the minority opinion may become the new law.
November 4th, 2013 at 12:30
If you are considering law school, I want to encourage you right now to adopt the right attitude so that when you are here, you will have the most success possible. After all, you will be paying a lot of money for a great educational experience and you likely want to make it a worthwhile venture, right?
I would say that attitude is a HUGE part of that.
Start now towards a positive attitude and be the law student who takes advantage of all that the school has to offer. That includes classes – I’ve said it before on this blog and I’ll likely say it again… Go to class.
October 23rd, 2013 at 3:00
Law School, especially your first two years sometimes feels like a high speed race. There is always something to be done, assignments to read, legal writing papers to turn in, student organization meetings to attend, internships to apply for, finding ways to beef up your resume, and finding ways to make the most out of law school in the short 3 years (yes short, because times really starts to fly when you’re in the thick of it) that you’re here.
October 21st, 2013 at 12:30
Earlier this month, TU Law hosted the twelfth annual legal symposium with Tulsa Law Review here at the university. I was fortunate to be a part of the process to bring guest speakers in from all over the country to speak about the timely subject of health law. The symposium featured the legal scholarship of Professor Einer Elhauge from Harvard University, and several panelists speaking on his work. Elhauge recently published Obamacare on Trial, and speaks and teaches on the subject of health law and bioethics at Harvard. The other speakers came from other law schools such as Berkeley, Duke, and the University of Arizona.