Several states, including Oklahoma, require students to register as a law student at the beginning of their study of law. In most of the states, registration deadlines are early in the first year of law study. Students should contact the bar associations in the states in which they are considering practicing for more information and specific requirements. Information regarding early registration as a law student in Oklahoma is available through the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners.
Bar examination application deadlines are normally set several months before the test date. Consequently, students who did not register as a law student during their first year in law school should apply at least four to six months prior to graduation to take the bar examination in the state in which they intend to practice. Students who are considering participating in the Legal Internship Program in Oklahoma should register with the Board of Bar Examiners of the Oklahoma Bar Association, even if they have not definitely decided to take the Oklahoma Bar Examination.
In addition to the bar examination, most states, including Oklahoma, require students to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). This exam is offered three times each year and can be taken prior to graduation. Students should consider taking the MPRE after they complete the Professional Responsibility course.
The National Conference of Bar Examiners and the ABA Section on Legal Education has produced a Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements for students who are planning to register for the bar exam in any state.
Bar Support Program
The University of Tulsa College of Law believes our obligation to students extends beyond the JD degree. We recognize the final hurdle that must be completed before one can become a practicing lawyer is passing a bar examination. Although most law programs give students the substantive knowledge they need to be a lawyer, they do not teach them how to prepare for the bar examination. The bar examination, like other comprehensive and concentrated licensing exams, requires endurance, discipline, and training.
To enhance the traditional program of law study, TU College of Law offers a bar support program to students in their final semester of law school. Enrollment in this program is part of the 3L professionalism requirement and required for graduation. This program specifically addresses the mechanics of taking a bar examination, as well as provides a substantive review of courses tested on the bar exam. Although this assistance does not replace the bar review program every student should take after graduation in preparation for the bar, the program combines outside commercial bar preparation courses and TU Law-directed workshops to give students a head start.
Fall and spring, third-year, and subsequent to diagnostic MBE
TU Law has engaged BARBRI to provide seven sessions (14 contact hours) of early bar prep that is delivered in a live online classroom experience. In the course, students learn and master the skills necessary for success on the bar exam and in the practice of law. Students focus in discrete legal reasoning skills, including:
- Legal reading and auditory skills
- Issue identification
- Separating relevant facts from your relevant facts based upon the call of the question
- Clearly articulating a specific rule of law
- Critically analyzing and applying relevant law to relevant facts
- Drawing and clearly stating the correct conclusion
The course features a highly participative, learn-by-doing approach. For each skill, the instructor will demonstrate the skill and students will have an opportunity to practice and master that skill. Class activities include both written and oral assignments. In addition to skills-based learning, each class will include elements of the most tested rules of law on each of the MBE topics. Students also receive access to BARBRI AMP as they have in the past.
Pre- and post-graduation
In addition to the live lectures provided in each session, BARBRI will provide every third-year student enrolled in the program with a BARBRI AMP account. BARBRI AMP is a new product that emphasizes improvement on the multistate portion of the bar exam. After each session, you will have two weeks to complete the BARBRI AMP assignment for each subject tested. Each BARBRI AMP module will take no more than five hours to complete, depending on your substantive knowledge of the law.
We encourage each student to take a commercial bar prep, specifically Kaplan MBE and BARBRI. Because some students do not have the resources to pay for a commercial bar prep, scholarships are available. Bar Scholarships: Full-tuition: BARBRI and Kaplan provide full-tuition, needbased scholarships to TU College of Law students. Each company awards two fulltuition scholarships for the February exam and three for the July exam. These scholarships are awarded by TU College of Law through an application process to those who have no other means to take a bar review. The BARBRI scholarships are only available to students taking the Oklahoma Bar exam. The Kaplan scholarships are available for any state bar exam.
Finally, TU College of Law offers a $1,000 interest-free loan for students who certify that they will not work while preparing for the bar exam. This incentive allows students to have back-up funds for living expenses while studying for the bar. We have found that students who devote the full 12 weeks to bar preparation without working have a substantially better chance for passing the bar.
Bar exam assistance
The MLIC Bar Exam Help section provides information concerning Oklahoma state bar exam as well as information regarding taking bar exams in other states.