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.
The Judge Chappelle Minority Law Awareness Day
The Judge Chappelle Minority Law Awareness Day, co-hosted by TU Law and the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), takes place every February in honor of DiscoverLaw.org Month. The event is designed exclusively for minority high school or early college students interested in pursuing a career in law.
Students spend a day visiting the College of Law, participating in a lecture, live mock negotiation, and lunch with local minority lawyers. Students also tour the Tulsa County Courthouse, meet with a prominent judge, and visit a local law firm.
The Judge Carlos Chappelle Pathway to Law Academy
TU Law hosts Williams Companies and WPX Energy’s annual The Judge Carlos Chappelle Pathway to Law Academy at the College of Law. The conference includes a panel presentation by representatives from both the undergraduate and law school admissions offices, full-campus tours, lunch with diverse attorneys and law students, a guest speaker, and a live mock trial presentation by TU Law students.
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.
Community College Pre-Law Day
Community college students are invited to The College of Law to meet with Admissions representatives, receive information and tips on applying to law school, given a tour of The College of Law, and have an opportunity to mingle with other community college students on the path to the legal profession. Students also complete a free Law School Admissions Test workshop facilitated by TestMasters to become familiar with what to expect when taking the LSAT.
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.