New TU Law Co-op to serve underrepresented populations and assist socially entrepreneurial law graduates in developing solo and small firm law practices
The University of Tulsa College of Law launches the TU Law Co-op (TLC), a legal incubator program operating as a part of the TU Law Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network (TIRN). The TLC is located at the TU Oxley College of Health Sciences at 1215 S. Boulder Ave. in downtown Tulsa. It is fully funded under an existing TIRN grant from the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
TLC’s mission is to further the work of TIRN by increasing access to justice for traditionally underrepresented communities. In addition, TLC supports socially entrepreneurial law graduates who are committed to building solo or small firm law practices in Oklahoma by providing office space along with training and mentoring by TLC faculty and local practitioners.
Recent TU Law graduates who are admitted to practice in Oklahoma will be selected for participation in the TLC for a total of 18 months. The first six months include intensive weekly training sessions and case rounds, as well as a required 450 hours of pro bono representation. The remaining 12 months of participation consist of continued training and a reduced pro bono requirement while participants work to build successful law practices. A new class of TLC participants will begin each October.
The TLC also offers a law school clinic for students, the Solo Practice Clinic (SPC). Current TU Law students may enroll in the SPC for one semester, during which time they participate in the TLC training sessions and case rounds. They will observe and learn how a solo/small firm works and develop a business plan for a socially entrepreneurial law firm. SPC students will conduct client intake interviews and assist TLC and TIRN attorneys with legal matters. SPC students who subsequently decide to participate as licensed attorneys in the TLC are not required to repeat the training curriculum they completed as students.
The TLC officially opens in October 2016 and is accepting applications. Applications are available at the Boesche Legal Clinic, 407 S. Florence Ave., or by email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SPC opens at the beginning of the fall 2016 semester.