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The University of Tulsa College of Law’s dynamic Juris Doctor program prepares students to excel in legal and related professions. Outstanding faculty, high-level scholarship, robust experiential learning programs, and an unwavering commitment to public service and professionalism stand at the core of the College of Law.

  • High bar passage rate: 97.47% within two years of graduation (American Bar Association)
  • Excellent employment rate: 94.3% overall
  • Top 25 Best Value Law School among all public and private U.S. law schools (preLaw 2019)
  • #2 Best Value Private Law School (preLaw 2019)
  • “A” for Best Law School Building (preLaw 2019)
  • Scholarships up to full tuition
  • A low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Pro bono programs, student organizations and a clinical education program
  • A professional development office committed to preparing graduates for success

Areas of concentration

The University of Tulsa College of Law offers a strong curriculum, lauded faculty and experiential learning opportunities in several areas of concentration. Students with special interests may tailor their academic programs to enhance their professional interests and career goals. Scholarship, internship and externship opportunities exist for students in each area of concentration including:

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Family Law
  • Health Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Litigation
  • Indian Law
  • Sustainable Energy & Resources Law

Health Law:

Students interested in health care finance, medical malpractice, health care benefits, elder law, disability law and medical ethics may tailor their academic program to coincide with their professional interests.

Indian Law:

Oklahoma is home to 39 Indian tribes as well as many supporting businesses and law firms who provide experiential learning opportunities and jobs.

Concentration in Indian Law

The University of Tulsa College of Law was the first law school to offer a concentrated course of study that immerses students in the legal tribal issues. The concentration is undertaken as part of a JD degree.

Students enjoy small classes, considerable student-faculty interaction and extensive opportunities to work with nearby tribal governments. The chapter of Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) participates in the national NALSA moot court competition, is involved in community activities and travels to the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Conference, which also includes a job fair and the National NALSA meeting.

Many TU Law graduates specialize in the practice of Indian law, working for tribal governments, tribal courts, federal agencies, law firms and as sole practitioners.

Concentration in Sustainable Energy & Resources Law (SERL)

TU Law offers a program in which students may advance their knowledge in energy and natural resources law.

Students benefit from TU College of Law’s location in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the city is a global leader in oil and nature gas exploration and production companies with more than 20,000 workers in exploration and production, engineering, geology and law.

  • The SERL concentration program at TU Law is among the nation’s leading interdisciplinary programs promoting and engaging in research involving energy, natural resources and the environment.
  • SERL’s international reputation is based upon its visionary curriculum and resources including full-time faculty specializing in energy and environmental law, student-managed Energy Law Journal co-published by SERL and the Energy Bar Association in Washington, D.C., conferences and symposia, and a Board of Visitors comprised of distinguished TU Law alumni and leaders from across the U.S.
  • Scholarships and experiential learning opportunities are available.
  • Tuition & Fees

    2020-21 total cost of attendance

    Tuition, fees and estimated costs (per year, based upon 2019-20 fees and costs)

     F/T8-11 hrs6-7 hrs
    Loan Fees$900$900$900
  • Scholarships

    Qualified admitted applicants to The University of Tulsa College of Law are automatically considered for merit-based and need-based scholarships. No forms are required in order to be considered for scholarship. All scholarships are renewable as long as a student remains in good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

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    TU Law uses its endowed and non-endowed scholarship resources to help fund student scholarship packages. All scholarships are awarded in accordance with the donor’s resolution and, in most cases, an application is not required. In cases in which an application is required, the associate dean for student affairs will notify students by email of the opportunity, along with requirements and deadlines.

    Average GPA after the first year = 3.183
    Median GPA after first year = 3.275

    Percentage of 1Ls who retain scholarship: Beginning with the fall-2013 entering class, 100 percent of scholarship recipients will retain their scholarship as long as good standing (cumulative 2.0 GPA) is maintained. Percentage of upper class students retaining scholarships = 100 percent. Percentage of new scholarship awarded to students not previously receiving 
scholarship = 10 percent.

    The faculty has adopted the following suggested grading curve for first year courses: A and A- = 30-40 percent; 
B+ and B = 30-40 percent;
 B- and C+ = 10-20 percent;
 C, C-, D+, D, D-, F = 10-20 percent. The suggested distribution is not mandatory, but rather a guideline to aid faculty members in implementing TU College of Law’s grading system. The suggested grading distribution will apply to all first year courses. Where the suggested distribution is applicable as a guideline, it is expected that the median or mid-point grade will be a B-.

    Recommend for upper level: Same curve

    Scholarship increases

    Students who serve as editors on journals, serve on the executive council for our Board of Advocates, or serve as an officer of The TU Law Public Interest Board are eligible for additional scholarship stipends for their service to these organizations.

    Scholarship guidelines and GPA requirements

    Merit-based: 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of one year of matriculation (two regular semesters)
    Need-based: 2.0 and up – Renew need based prior amount
    Law journals and BOA: 2.5 and up – Anything less can only be granted by the Dean

    Scholarship renewal: Required GPA for scholarship renewal = 2.0