Student Ambassadors - College of Law

Meet our student ambassadors

One of the best ways to learn about all that TU Law can offer you is to speak directly with a current student. Our student ambassadors are eager to answer your questions – about law school, their experience at TU Law and what it’s like to live here in Tulsa. They come from various parts of the country and have a variety of backgrounds and interests in law. Feel free to get in touch with them at law-ambassadors@utulsa.edu.


Kristin Rodriguez, 3L

Kristin Rodriguez, Student Ambassador

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Undergraduate institution: University of Oklahoma

Undergraduate program: political science

Law school activities: Student Ambassador, Student Bar Association, Latino Law Students Association, Law and Medicine Society

Why I chose TU Law: The community here is incredible. The staff, faculty and other students at TU Law are some of the best people I have ever had the privilege to know. Every single person wants to help you succeed!


Elyssa Kohler, 3L

Elyssa Kohler, Student AmbassadorHometown: Cheney, Kansas

Undergraduate institution: Kansas State University

Undergraduate programs: major in psychology, minors in leadership studies & conflict analysis and trauma studies

Law school activities: Immigration Law Society, Women’s Law Caucus, Latino Law Student’s Association, OutLaws

Professional experience: In summer 2020, I will be interning at the District Attorney’s Office.

Why I chose TU Law: I knew I wanted to attend law school in an environment that encouraged, supported and uplifted me to grow not only in the field of law but also as a person. Being able to see this environment, mixed with a rigorous and nationally ranked bar placement and job outcomes, left me no doubt TU Law was the place I needed to be.


Drew Mathews, 3L

Drew Mathews, Student AmbassadorHometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma, and San Diego, California

Undergraduate institution: University of Oklahoma

Undergraduate program: English

Law school activities: Public Interest Board, Board of Advocates

Why I chose TU Law: Tulsa is my home and I love this city! TU Law embodies what I love about this place: it’s a friendly, close-knit community that cares.


Shawnee Arrington, 2L

Drew Mathews, Student Ambassador
Hometown: Bonham, Texas

Undergraduate institution: University of North Texas

Law school activities: I am a Student Ambassador, an Executive Director on the Public Interest Board, and am currently a student in the Terry West Civil Legal Clinic.

Professional experience: I worked as a summer intern at a family law and criminal defense firm in Pryor Oklahoma. Additionally, I am extending my summer internship at Beloved Adoption Law in Tulsa.

Why I chose TU Law: I chose TU Law because I wanted to go to a law school where I felt welcomed and wanted. All of the professors, staff, and students at TU Law are encouraging and kind. I knew that I would be able to receive an outstanding legal education while being in an environment that supported me in every aspect of my law school journey. As soon as I secured my seat at TU Law, I knew that I made the right decision and am even more confident in my decision every day.


Recently Graduated Ambassadors

John Paul (JP) Ray, (JD ’21)

Jon Paul Ray, Student AmbassadorHometown: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Undergraduate institution: Central Christian College of Kansas

Law school activities: Student Bar Association, Black Law Student Association, Board of Advocates, American Inns of Court

Professional experience: I worked as a summer clerk for the Tulsa law firm Atkinson, Haskins, Nellis; as well as an intern for the United States Attorney’s Office and Project Commutation.

Why I chose TU Law: I decided to become a student at TU Law because of the school’s prestigious reputation. I wanted to receive an incredible legal education and graduate with the most opportunity to serve the members of my community.


Matthew Pool (JD ’20)

Matthew Pool, Student AmbassadorHometown: Dallas, Texas

Undergraduate institution: University of Missouri – Columbia

Undergraduate program: political science

Professional experience: I spent one-and-a-half years as a legal intern and two months as an extern at the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office.

Why I chose TU Law: I decided this was the place for me because of the school’s affordability, bar passage and job placement rates, and the wonderful staff and faculty.


Nolan Deming (JD ’20)

Nolan Deming, Student AmbassadorHometown: Nokomis, Florida

Undergraduate institution: American University

Undergraduate program: political science

Law school activities: Student Ambassador, Energy Law Journal, Student Bar Association, Criminal Law Club

Professional experience: I have held internships with the Tulsa County District Attorney and the State Attorney’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit. My externships were with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and Needham & Associates. I also worked as a research assistant for Professor Luttrell.

Why I chose TU Law: I decided to enroll here because of TU Law’s generous financial aid and scholarships, high bar passage rate and the friendliness and personal touch of the Admission staff.


Lindsey Atchley (JD ’20)

Lindsey Atchely, Student AmbassadorHometown: Russellville, Arkansas

Undergraduate institution: University of Central Arkansas

Undergraduate programs: major in psychology, minor in political science

Law school activities: Student Ambassador

Professional experience: I have spent almost two years at the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office in the SVU, Juvenile, and Misdemeanor division.

Why I chose TU Law: This law school is like a home away from home. After my first time visiting, having a tour and having an interview, I knew I wanted to choose TU Law. I was welcomed and felt at ease. Plus, this law school offers so many hands-on experiences and opportunities to help the community. It just felt right.