The Public Interest Board is a student-run organization at The University of Tulsa College of Law that involves students in community service, public service, and pro bono work as they progress through their legal education. Students assist the underserved and underrepresented in the Tulsa community. During a semester, students log approximately 6,000 hours (equivalent to more than 22 weeks of full-time work) in public interest service.
TU College of Law believes in instilling a life-long commitment to public service by assisting clients with unmet legal needs and enabling public service organizations and individual lawyers to accept more public service cases. Incoming students participate in public service day during Foundations of Legal Study week (orientation), and numerous school-wide events are held throughout each year. Additionally, students who volunteer at local non-profit organizations during the summer are eligible to receive public interest law stipends to assist them financially during their endeavors.
Donate to the Summer Stipend Program
Please select ‘College of Law’ and in ‘Additional Notes’ please include ‘PIB.’ Without those two designations, the donation will not go to the Public Interest Board. Thank you.
Each student becomes a member of the Public Interest Board upon enrollment at TU Law and is encouraged to complete 60 or more hours of community service prior to graduation in order to receive service honors. The program is designed to mirror both the American Bar Association’s Rule 6.1 and the ideals behind the Oklahoma Bar Association’s notion that a lawyer has a responsibility to the public.
The University of Tulsa College of Law Public Service Program cannot provide direct legal advice or legal services to members of the general public. Law student volunteers must be supervised by a law school faculty member or licensed attorney. For further assistance in obtaining an attorney, please contact the Oklahoma State Bar Lawyer Referral Service or the Tulsa County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Program.