Legal Clinics - College of Law

Legal Clinics

The Clinical Education Program at the TU College of Law prepares students for the practice of law through a combination of real-world experience, intensive supervision and dynamic seminars.

Clinical Education Program

The TU College of Law Legal Clinic, housed in the Boesche Legal Clinic across the street from the College of Law, functions as a law firm. Through participation in the Buck Colbert Franklin Legal Clinic, the Immigrant Rights Project, the Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network, the Terry West Civil Legal Clinic and the Public Defender Clinic, students experience the formation and development of the attorney-client relationship and accompanying professional obligations through direct representation of clients as they begin to develop their professional advocacy skills. Our clinical programs offer opportunities for students to appear in court, represent immigrants seeking legal status, learn how to run a law firm, represent organizations and advocate for systemic change.

Professor McCormick and students in the Boesche Legal Clinic

Clinic students also provide essential legal services to underserved individuals and communities. By engaging in public interest legal practice, clinic students have the opportunity to critically reflect on the justice system, and their role in it, in the context of their development as lawyers. Many students find that a clinic experience is the most valuable, rewarding and challenging aspect of their legal education. The faculty-to-student ratio in clinical courses is extremely low (typically a clinical faculty member teaches no more than 8 students) in order to ensure students receive an intense and enriching experience.

  • Buck Colbert Franklin Legal Clinic
  • Immigrant Rights Project
  • Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network (TIRN)
  • Terry West Civil Legal Clinic
  • Public Defender Clinic
    • In the Buck Colbert Franklin Legal Clinic, students will provide legal services to the North Tulsa and Greenwood communities. Students will engage in both individual and systemic advocacy to advance community development and social justice by representing individual and small business clients in civil legal matters, both transactional and litigation-based.

      Buck Colbert Franklin Legal Clinic

    • The Immigrant Rights Project (IRP) is a one-semester, six-credit clinical education program in which law students represent non-citizens in immigration matters. Clients include persons seeking asylum in the United States as a result of persecution or fear of persecution in their home countries, as well as non-citizen victims of domestic violence and other crimes, unaccompanied non-citizen minors, or other non-citizens subject to removal and immigration detention.

      Immigrant Rights Project

    • Operating within and as a part of the TU College of Law Legal Clinic, the Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network (TIRN) continues the work of the Immigrant Rights Project by providing direct service to Tulsa’s noncitizen population. TIRN is separately funded through a generous grant from the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

      Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network

    • The Terry West Civil Legal Clinic is supported by the Sarkeys Foundation. It addresses access to justice for marginalized communities in Tulsa, with a particular focus on the intersection of legal needs within these communities. While serving individual clients, students also engage more broadly with the justice system and structural access to justice barriers. The clinic explores different mechanisms of advocacy, including court observations, fact-finding and reporting, impact litigation, and legislative advocacy. Students may also create know your rights materials and presentations.

      Terry West Civil Legal Clinic

    • The Public Defender Clinic (PDC) is a public service, criminal defense-adjacent program for law students to get one-on-one advocacy experience while helping presently incarcerated individuals apply for sentence commutation, ultimately advocating for them at the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board to reduce Oklahoma’s incarceration rate directly and by supporting legislation, with an emphasis on Oklahoma’s female incarceration crisis.

      Public Defender Clinic