Friday, April 3rd, 2015
I cannot believe I just attended my last law prom. I like this event because everyone, including some professors and faculty members get dressed up and let loose. This year the event was held at the Tulsa Country Club. A little different than last year’s event; a little more formal. Last year there were not as many professors who attended and this year it felt like the whole school was there.
One of the main reasons why I love this event is because after studying and working really hard all year, it is finally the school telling us “Listen, you have to take a break.” It is one of those moments where you are having completely guilt free fun as you look around the room and realize nobody else is at the library studying.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
You have a major influence on how beneficial your internships will be. Some law offices and government agencies are prepared every day with new assignments for you. However, often, the type of assignments you receive and the different people you get to work with, depends on your proactiveness. Take initiative to meet different attorneys and ask for different projects. This will demonstrate to your supervising attorney that you are mature, that you can work will all different types of people, and that you seek out ways to work and benefit the firm instead of sitting back and waiting for folks to seek you out.
Friday, March 27th, 2015
This semester is one of the most challenging yet exciting semesters of my life. I am enrolled in TU’s Family Advocacy Clinic. I am also working for a prominent criminal defense firm. Trying to handle both in the same semester is…let’s just say overwhelming. This would be where everyone says “I told you, Karla!” I know. I know. But when you really want something, or, you really want two things, and you can’t decide, you just have to be willing to work twice as hard. So that’s what I am doing.
I knew clinic on its own was going to be a lot of work. It is the first time, we, as students, get to be attorneys and speak in front of a real judge in a real courtroom. You hear about the legend of how much work clinic is from friends who were enrolled in it previous semesters; however, it doesn’t quite click until you are actually doing it.
Wednesday, March 11 2015
In 1901, Tulsa, almost overnight, changed from a small cow town to a boomtown. Oil was discovered nearby and wildcatters and investors began to flock to the city. Then, in 1905, an even larger oil supply was discovered which led to Tulsa’s prosperity in the early half of the century and became known as the “Oil Capital of the World.” Today, many energy companies are located in and around the Tulsa area. Companies such as ONEOK, Williams Companies, and Conoco, in nearby Bartlesville, are major contributors to the Oklahoma and national economy. With such influences nearby, it follows that the University of Tulsa College of Law has a very strong program focused on energy law.
Friday, February 7th 2015
I cannot believe it is finally my last year of law school! It has been so much fun, I already know I will be upset when it is over. The past year has been very exciting, as I have had great internship opportunities. Although law school is a lot of work, I have quickly realized working during the school year helps me manage my time better. I wake up everyday at the same time and plan my day and always know that I have to stick to my schedule.
Monday, November 17th, 2014
Last week, I registered for my last set of law school classes, and I’m not going to lie, it felt great. The end is in sight! For my last semester I’ve decided to spend the entire semester doing an externship with a local Tulsa firm. So basically I get school credit in exchange for work I do for the firm, plus a class component that meets once a week.
This is one of the great programs that TU Law offers, and is so beneficial in getting your foot in the door to potential employers and to help you network.
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
I am just a little over a year away from graduating law school. Like everything else in life, looking back to when I first began, it seems that time has flown by. I was thinking about the difference in how I approached law school this semester compared to how I approached law school my first semester at the University of Tulsa. There are plenty of things that people told me and are going to tell you in an attempt to help. Some of this advice I wish I had taken to heart. Here are a few of the things that took me a little while to learn that I wish I could have made myself follow right out of the gate.
Monday, October 6th, 2014
The main goal of an interview is to make the interviewers like you. After landing the interview, you no longer have to worry about making yourself seem smart because you passed the required “smartness” test: they saw your resume and transcript, and you apparently meet the smarty pants standard. So, now it’s time to dazzle them with your excellent personality. Now, I am not encouraging you to be fake, but I am encouraging you to show them the happiest, most excited version of yourself.
Monday, September 22nd, 2014
This is it. My LAST year of law school. My last first day of school and my last summer vacation. It’s sad but it’s exciting because on the other side of this year, come May I’ll have accomplished so much and will have much to be proud of. My 3L year is starting with exciting news of prospective post-graduation jobs, leadership positions within the TU law community, and solid friendships that I know will last well beyond graduation.
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.