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.
2. Professional Development Office – In my undergrad years, I briefly attended a large state university, and I often felt lost and unsure as to what steps I needed to take to maximize my time while in school. In law school, it is especially important that you know important deadlines (like when to register for the bar) and that you really bulk up your resume with great internship. At TU, the Professional Development Office makes all of this attainable. You’ll never feel lost and unsure of what steps you need to take next, and if you do, there is always a door open to you to ask. The PDO will help you make the most out of your time in law school and help you be more competitive in the job market once you graduate.
3. Size – There are two aspects to this: I love that I don’t have to run 15 minutes from one classroom to the next because classrooms are far apart. John Rogers Hall contains the entirety of the law school and all classrooms can be reached within a 2 minute walk. With the heavy books, laptop, binders, etc. this makes getting to class a breeze. The second aspect is the size of the student body, because TU has small class sizes, you really get an opportunity to interact with your professors, be engaged in class, and participate.
4. The Campus – TU is beautifully kept and maintained, with lush green grass and flowers in the summer time, and quads where students can enjoy being outside. All classrooms are equipped with all the technology a teacher could want, the facilities are always kept clean and neat.
5. Law Clinics/Externships – TU Law provides students with the opportunity to actually practice the law before leaving school. There is a big difference in learning the law and practicing the law, and TU gives you the opportunity to experience both through it’s legal clinics and externship program. The school has two on site clinics, the Immigration Clinic and the Family Law clinic, where people from the community can come for legal help. While you are supervised, you are the one who is largely responsible for the handling the case from start to finish. You get to see what being a lawyer is really about, and the impact your work can have. Additionally, the school has partnered with a large variety of local firms and organizations for students to have the ability to extern, which is get school credit for work they do. These externships are a great way to get out into the legal community. Additionally if your long term plans don’t involve Oklahoma, or Tulsa specifically, externships allow a student (who has properly planned their schedules) to extern in a different city/state.