Welcome From The Dean
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It was a banner year for The University of Tulsa College of Law. TU Law climbed 61 positions over the past four years in the US News & World Report “Best Graduate School” rankings, and we are now ranked 86th. We are proud of our graduate employment rate of 91.8 percent for the class of 2012, a rate well above the national average. Our four new professors joined TU Law from this country’s most prestigious institutions and have already distinguished themselves nationally and internationally as scholars and practitioners in their fields.
In the last academic year, TU Law students contributed more than 18,000 hours of pro bono work to those most in need in our communities. The new Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic will not only address unmet legal needs of Tulsa’s most vulnerable women and children, but also will double as the Boesche Legal Clinic’s capacity to offer gold-standard legal training to students. With a new Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning, a position supported in partnership with McAfee & Taft, we dramatically expanded our externship program, offering TU Law students the opportunity to give back by representing the underserved through work with nonprofits and social service agencies.
TU Law continues to build on and innovate with our internationally recognized flagship programs in energy law and Native American law. In particular, we graduated the first class of the Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law (MJIL) online program last May. This fall, we launch the nation’s first Master of Jurisprudence in Energy Law (MJEL) online degree program designed for business professionals who want a deeper understanding of energy and environmental law.
Across the country, law schools confront significant challenges as the pool of prospective students dwindles in response to a drumbeat questioning the value of a JD. While TU Law is not immune from these broader market forces, we are well positioned to sustain the pressures. Our commitment to build on our strengths and prepare our students to be successful in the ever-changing legal market remains stronger than ever. You, our alumni and our friends, are our inspiration in this journey. We are deeply grateful.
JANET K. LEVIT
DEAN & DEAN JOHN ROGERS ENDOWED CHAIR