Student Bar Association
The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the governing body of the students at the University of Tulsa College of Law. The SBA endeavors to further legal education, promote interaction and professionalism among students, faculty and the administration and advocate the concerns of students. In addition, the SBA coordinates student activities and organizations and is charged with appropriating funds for student activities and student organizations.
The American Constitution Society
The America Constitution Society (ACS) is a national organization of law students, law professors, practicing lawyers and others. We seek to restore the fundamental principles of respect for human dignity, protection of individual rights and liberties, genuine equality and access to justice to their rightful—and traditionally central— place in American law. We recognize the profound role legal theory and doctrine play in shaping broader political debate and, ultimately, the daily lives of American citizens. The ACS aims to help strengthen in American law a steadfast commitment to upholding the rights, liberties and dignity of our people — a commitment embodied in both the text and purpose of our Constitution and in the jurisprudence of such justices as John Marshall, Louis Brandeis, William Brennan, Potter Stewart, Thurgood Marshall and Harry Blackmun. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to join.
Black Law Student Association
The purpose of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) is to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of black law students, foster professional competence, focus on the relationship of the black attorney to the American legal structure, instill in the black attorney and law student a greater commitment to the needs of the black community, influence the legal community to bring about
meaningful change in the black community and do all things necessary and lawful to accomplish these purposes. Members are matriculated black law students at American member law schools or at-large chapters.
Board of Advocates
The Board of Advocates is the only Moot Court / Mock Trial organization at the University of Tulsa College of Law. Membership is open to any law student interested in advocacy and is also in good standing with the university. The Board includes members at large and the Executive Council.
Environment and Natural Resources Society
The Environment and Natural Resources Society sponsors speakers and members work with practitioners to write the Environmental Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s newsletter. Members also assist the Board of Advocates in preparing for the College of Law’s participation in the Pace National Environmental Moot Court Competition.
The Federalist Society is a nationwide organization promoting open debate on legal issues. The Society meets monthly and arranges special events and debate forums.
International Law Students’ Association
The TU Law International Law Students’ Association (ILSA) group is a chapter of the national group located in Washington, DC. ILSA provides current information for members regarding Moot Court competitions, student internships, employment opportunities, conferences and other areas of law from which members wish to acquire information for their own benefit and pleasure. The group invites students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds to participate in discussions, speaker forums, and community/social events that promote international and comparative law. The group raises awareness of the growing influence of globalization, a trend that requires closer scrutiny of international legal issues. ILSA is dedicated to monitoring recent events, especially in areas such as international relations and global competition and cooperation. This group focuses on the broad legal issues that comprise the practice of international and comparative law. Several legal issues that are examined include trade law, energy law (oil and gas), health and environmental law, NAFTA and the European Union.
The J. Reuben Clark Law Society
The J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS) is an international law society composed of professionals who seek to affirm the strength brought to law by a lawyer’s personal religious convictions. Members strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law. JRCLS provides an opportunity for students and others to meet and discuss legal issues. The society also provides social activities to foster friendships among members, their families and friends.
Latino Law Student Association
The Latino Law Student Association (LLSA) is an organization dedicated to promoting the educational, cultural and social needs of Hispanic law students. LLSA is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association Law Student Division (LLSALSD), a national organization dedicated to assisting its local chapters with job opportunities and educational loans available to Hispanic law students. LLSA is one of the College of Law’s newest student organizations and is devoted to increasing the number of Hispanic law students and to promoting their success in the legal profession.
Law Student Division
American Bar Association Membership in the Law Student Division (LSD) of the American Bar Association (ABA) is open to all law students. LSD members receive nine issues annually of Student Lawyer, a publication that keeps readers abreast of what law students in the U.S. are doing. Each year, two student members receive an expense-paid trip to the American Bar Association national convention to attend workshops, seminars and meetings with other student leaders and lawyers from across the country. Delegates also represent the College of Law at regional ABA/LSD meetings. Low-cost group life and health insurance are available and ABA-LSD members also receive lower rates on certain books and study guides. Membership dues are $20.00 per year and include a subscription to the ABA journal.
Delta Theta Phi was created in September of 1913, when the legal fraternities Delta Phi Delta, Alpha Kappa Phi and Theta Lambda Phi amalgamated. Students founded all of the great law fraternities that now comprise Delta Theta Phi. These students were interested in the future of the legal profession and their own futures as practitioners of that profession. They sought to create an organization that would contribute to their interests as well as to the law schools with which they are associated. Delta Theta Phi has senates across the United States, Puerto Rico, Australia, Canada and Iceland. It is the only law fraternity in the world with its own authoritatively recognized law review, The Adelphia Law Journal. Today, the Fraternity enjoys the goodwill of all who are familiar with its activities and traditions and it is universally recognized as the leading professional fraternity in the world.
Phi Alpha Delta is an international professional association of law students, legal educators and members of the bench and bar organized to promote professional competency and achievement. Phi Alpha Delta chapters benefit from strong faculty and administration support. Phi Delta Phi is the oldest international legal fraternity. In addition to providing intellectual exchange and professional contacts, membership benefits include interest-free loans, insurance programs, scholar awards and access to professional gatherings and national conventions. Phi Delta Phi promotes academic excellence. To become a member, a student must be in the top third of his or her class, be an officer of an organization recognized by the College of Law or be involved with a law journal. Phi Delta Phi was named International Inn of the Year by the society’s national office in 1995. The chapter competed against 179 chapters from law schools in North and South America and was judged on the basis of academic excellence, individual member achievements, and group-sponsored activities.
Native American Law Student Association
The Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) is dedicated to creating a forum for all students interested in Indian law. Members participate in the National Native American Moot Court Competition in February and travel to Albuquerque for the Federal Indian Bar Conference in April. The group is also active in research of issues impacting the American Indian population through the Native American Law Certificate Program and its component internship/externship program. Many of NALSA’s members are candidates for the Indian Law Certificate and would be glad to talk to anyone interested in earning the certificate.
Public Interest Board
The Public Interest Board (PIB) 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 University of 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. Read more.
Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law Society
The Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law Society (REELS) is a student organization for law students with interests in energy, resource and environmental law. The mission of REELS is to promote the interests of conservation of energy and natural resources, sustainability of the environment and to explore the many ways the practice of law can help to achieve these goals. REELS also provides fellowship among students and faculty, represents student needs and wants in regard to energy and environmental issues and provides a forum for the presentation of ideas to benefit the university community.
Republican Law Society
The Republican Law Society is an organization of TU Law students who are passionate about politics. RLS holds monthly meetings that often include local speakers. In addition, members have participated in political polling, debates on campus, voter registration drives and volunteer work for local politicians. RLS strives to provide TU law students with the opportunity to connect with each other and with political leaders in the community.
Sexual Orientation Diversity Association
The Sexual Orientation Diversity Association (SODA) encourages cooperation between law students, faculty and members of the community in discussing and addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal issues.
Sports & Entertainment Law Society
The Sports & Entertainment Law Society sponsors monthly speakers as well as specialized competitions such as a Sports Law Negotiation Competition.
Women’s Law Caucus
The Women’s Law Caucus was organized to encourage more women to enter the legal profession, erase continued professional discrimination against women, provide mutual support for fellow students and call attention to the needs and problems of women as attorneys. The Women’s Law Caucus is especially concerned with three areas: 1) Recruitment and orientation — actively recruiting women to enter the legal profession; 2) Curriculum and materials — encouraging the administration to expand its course offerings to reflect the growing body of law; and 3) Placement — bringing to campus recruiters from firms and agencies that have demonstrated willingness to hire without discrimination.