TU College of Law provides numerous practical training opportunities outside of the classroom.
The Richard B. Risk Practicum Series
The annual Richard B. Risk endowed practicum series focuses on a variety of subjects, including settlement planning. The endowment allows members of the legal profession who have established themselves as experts in their fields to make presentations for students and young alumni at John Rogers Hall. TU Law offers one hour of CLE credit per session for the legal community at no charge.
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Judge Eagan’s Criminal Defense Practicum
The Honorable Claire V. Eagan, Chief Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, offers a Federal Criminal Defense Practicum in each spring. The practicum is a 10-week program and is held during lunch at the Page Belcher Federal Building in Tulsa. Judge Eagan or another instructor associated with the federal courts leads each session.
Basic Mediation and Family Relations Mediation Training
TU College of Law facilitates this six-day Basic Mediation and Family Relations Mediation Training (FRMT) in conjunction with the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Students and recent graduates who attend FRMT become certified mediators in Oklahoma and agree to mediate family relations cases and small claims cases in the Tulsa county courts. TU College of Law is the only law school in the state to host the FRMT for students.
Domestic Violence Intervention Services Training
After attending a 12-hour training sponsored by Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS), laws students may volunteer at DVIS or be sponsored by DVIS for their legal intern license. Students may assist in the following areas at DVIS:
- Child Advocacy: Child advocates play an important role in helping children who are living at the DVIS/Call Rape Shelter or at Sojourner’s Inn, the transitional living facility, by assisting counselors in play therapy during therapy groups at both locations.
- Court Advocacy: Staff and volunteers at the Court Advocacy Office assist survivors in obtaining protective orders for themselves, and if necessary, minor children.
- Crisis Line: The service provides 24-hour assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
- Family Safety Center: The center assists survivors in obtaining emergency protective orders.
Tulsa Lawyers for Children Training
Tulsa Lawyers for Children, Inc. (TLC) recruits, trains and assists volunteer attorneys who represent children up to 18 years of age who have been abused, neglected or abandoned and who are subjects of “deprived” cases in the Tulsa County Juvenile Court. TLC volunteers include not only litigators and family lawyers, but corporate attorneys, former judges, former general counsels of large public companies, patent and trademark attorneys, law school professors and many others who bring their experience, talent and dedication into a system largely hidden from public scrutiny by the veil of confidentiality which cloaks juvenile proceedings.
TLC provides ongoing assistance through its TU College of Law Student Pro Bono Project and its Shelter Visitation & Show Cause Hearing Project. Students attend the same training as attorney volunteers and then act as volunteer legal assistants to volunteer attorneys on their TLC cases. Students also interview children coming into the shelter and appear at “show cause” hearings as GALs.
Courthouse Assistance Program Training
The Tulsa County Bar Association and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc., along with members of the Tulsa County judiciary and the Tulsa County Bar, have established the Courthouse Assistance Program (CAP). Students assist volunteer attorneys with the Judge Millie Otey’s Forcible Entry and Detainer Docket, which involves cases where landlords are trying to evict and/or recover rent from tenants. The goal of CAP is to provide short-term legal assistance at the courthouse, on a volunteer basis, to individuals who have the immediate need for, but cannot afford to hire, counsel in civil matters, specifically the FED Docket. Volunteer attorneys are available to meet with unrepresented parties who meet certain income guidelines in the courtroom after the docket is called and, if necessary, to represent them at the hearings and/or conferences that take place that day.
The FED Docket is held each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 2 PM in Courtroom 112 and lasts 3-5 hours. The Court initially calls the docket to determine who is present and which of the matters are contested and may go forward later in the afternoon. The Court then takes a recess to allow the parties in the contested matters to meet and attempt to resolve their differences. Following the recess, the Court then hears the contested matters the parties were unable to resolve during the recess.