Diversity - College of Law


The University of Tulsa College of Law is committed to promoting diversity in the legal profession and ensuring equal opportunity and inclusion for law students, faculty and staff.

The University of Tulsa College of Law believes diversity of people, ideas, opinions, and culture is essential to a productive society and community and is an integral part of academic achievements and established standards of excellence. TU College of Law welcomes and values individuals who differ in age, culture, exceptionalities, ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, personal experiences, values, and world views. Accordingly, TU Law declares its continuing commitment to promote diversity in the legal profession and ensure equal opportunity and inclusion for law students, faculty, and staff. Adopted by TU Law faculty, June 23, 2014.

  • Diversity Committee

    The TU Law Diversity Committee is committed to providing cultural and educational opportunities for the TU Law community through mentoring, advising, and programming.  The committee seeks to create an environment that celebrates and maintains our multifaceted community.

    Kelsey Holder, Chair
    Assistant Professor of Legal Writing

    April Fox
    Associate Dean Student Affairs

    Megan Henson
    Associate Dean Admissions

    Rachel Baker
    Associate Dean, Director of Professional Development

    Marjorie Tanner
    Assistant Director of Admissions and Diversity Initiatives

    College of Law representative on University Advisory Board
    Three students selected by the Dean

  • Diversity Scholarships
  • Diversity Resources

    Campus Resources

    TU Office of Multicultural Student Programs
    The Office of Multicultural Student Programs at TU provides cultural and educational programming for the entire TU community. Its dedicated staff brings together many existing campus organizations and programs under one umbrella, enriching the TU experience for all members of the university community. The Chevron Multicultural Resource Center in Hardesty Hall provides a fixed presence on campus for programming and multicultural ventures. Students have space for small group meetings and access to a growing library of books and reference materials.

    TU Campus Ministries

    TU Center for Student Academic Support
    The TU Center for Student Academic Support (CSAS) offers a comprehensive range of academic support services and accommodations for students with disabilities. All prospective students and newly admitted students are encouraged to contact CSAS to discuss their individual needs.

    TU Office of Diversity & Engagement
    This Office furthers the University’s mission of educational excellence by creating an environment of equity and inclusion that values diverse life experiences, ideas and perspectives.

    Law School Diversity Resources

    Law School Admission Council: Diversity in Law School
    National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)
    Hispanic Lawyers Network
    National Native American Bar Association (NNABA)
    Tulsa County Bar Association Diversity Development Committee

  • Diversity Events

    TU Law hosts a number of events throughout the year for current and future students and the community to encourage discussion about current topics. Check the events calendar for more information about upcoming events.

    Fall Diversity Networking Event

    This opportunity is open to current law students and local attorneys. It is graciously sponsored by GableGotwals and is hosted in partnership with the Tulsa County Bar Association Diversity Committee and is hosted by the College of Law’s Professional Development Office.

    TU Law Vision Symposium

    Formerly known as Minority Law Awareness Day, this annual event brings college students to campus to learn about law school. Students spend the day visiting the College of Law, observe and participate in a mock trial, enjoy lunch with local attorneys, and hear from current lawyers and law students about their law school journey.

    Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture

    Since 2000, the Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture has honored one of the first black attorneys in Tulsa and Oklahoma. In the aftermath of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, Franklin served his community and his profession by assisting victims of the riot. Working from a tent because his office and home were destroyed during the riot, he represented clients, filed briefs, and fought back against the injustice of the riot and the city’s assault on the Tulsa black community. The lecture also honors the legacy of his son, the distinguished historian John Hope Franklin, who delivered the first lecture in the series. The annual event is free and open to the community.

    Constitution Day

    The College of Law organizes small groups of law students, law faculty, and alumni to go out into the community and speak to fifth and sixth graders about the constitution and how it affects everyday life. The groups also speak about what it is like to be a law student and a lawyer.

    The College of Law continues to collaborate and explore ways to broaden its diversity initiatives, be inclusive, and provide more opportunities to connect with its greater community. The College of Law initiated the All Things TU Pop Up Fair, a joint effort with the TU Graduate and Health Profession schools. Students of the Latino Law Student Association continually tutor and mention elementary school students at San Miguel Middle School. The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) offers a networking event for local attorneys to connect with TU Law students. The College of Law hosts an Expungement Expo, as a joint effort between the Public Interest Board, the Student Bar Association, BLSA, The Lobeck Taylor Community Advocacy Clinic, and local attorneys who volunteer their time, to assist Tulsa locals to obtain a second chance and a fresh start.

  • TU Non-Discrimination Policy

    The University of Tulsa (the “University”) is committed to maintaining equal access to its programs, facilities, admission, and employment for all persons, including by maintaining an environment that is free of illegal discrimination and harassment. In keeping with that policy, the University prohibits discrimination and harassment by or against any member of the University Community because of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, or any other legally-protected class. Discriminatory conduct and harassment violate the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the University’s educational mission and will not be tolerated.

  • Diversity at TU

    Diversity for incoming Class of 2022:

    45% women

    25% underrepresented students

    18% First generation college students

    29% Nontraditional students

    48% Non-Oklahoma permanent residents

    Languages spoken: Bengali, Spanish, Japanese, American Sign Language, Russian

    Average age of 26 years

  • Student Organizations

    Asian Law Student Association
    Black Law Students Association
    Christian Legal Society
    Fellowship of Christians in Law
    Immigration Law Society
    Latino Law Student Association
    Native American Law Students Association
    TU Student Bar Association
    Women’s Law Caucus

    Read about TU Law’s student organizations.