The Professional Development Office focuses on students’ careers before they ever enter the classroom, beginning with the one-week Foundations of Legal Study (FLS) orientation program. FLS is designed to equip law students for academic and professional success. Not only do students receive guidance on preparing for class, they tour the federal courthouse and meet the judges; attend social activities with deans, faculty, and alumni; and participate in a public service project organized by the TU Law Public Interest Board.
During the first semester, Associate Dean and Director of Professional Development, Rachel Baker and David Tarrien, Director of Academic Support, lead the Dean’s Seminar to introduce 1Ls to the legal practice and help begin personal career development. Students learn about the current legal market, potential career paths, and leadership skills. The course culminates in a one-on-one meeting to form each student’s individual professional development plan.
Individualized Career Counseling
Throughout law school, the PDO provides each student with individualized career counseling with former practicing attorneys who have experienced the law school process. The program is designed to assist students with résumé writing, interviewing skills, and preparation for success on the job and includes a mock interview program with local attorneys. The PDO hosts networking events throughout the year to introduce students to TU Law alumni, local judges, and other professionals and assists students in finding a mentor.
The On-Campus Interview Program during the spring and fall helps students secure internships and clerkships locally or throughout the nation in their specific areas of interest. Through the Licensed Legal Intern (LLI) programm, students gain in-court experience either through the Lobeck Taylor Community Advocacy Clinic or in an internship or externship under the supervision of an Oklahoma licensed attorney.