6. What do you look for in recommendation letters? How important is it that the letter's writer has worked regularly with the candidate in an office or school setting?
Drawing upon personal knowledge of the candidate, recommendation letters should discuss specific reasons why the writer believes the candidate is suited for the study of law. Specifically, the letter should discuss the candidate's ability to think analytically, to reason, and to communicate thoughts in a concise manner. Letters should be candidate-specific, not generic, and highlight not only the applicant's academic strengths, but also their proven potential for leadership and professional success. It is important that the writer know the candidate well enough to address these issues. Though academic references are preferred if available, other types of references are also acceptable if they follow the above criteria.
7. Can you give a brief description of the life cycle of an application? What's the timeline applicants should expect?
The University of Tulsa College of Law begins accepting applications on September 1 and continues to accept and review applications through the end of July. However, applicants are encouraged to submit application by February 1 for purposes of scholarship consideration. After an application is received, a letter acknowledging receipt of the application is sent to the candidate and the application is quickly processed. Once all required documentation (the LSDAS report, personal statement and at least two letters of recommendation) is received, the file is considered complete and ready for formal review. Depending upon the time of year a file becomes complete, the TU admissions office will generally make a decision within one month. All applicants are notified as quickly as possible regarding the final determination of the review committee. 8. Which firms/organizations recruit heavily from your school? Which ones hire the highest percentage of your graduates?
Law firms, businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and international entities seeking law students who are self-aware, confident, and eager to achieve recruit at the TU College of Law. Students from the Class of 2009 are employed across the United States within 21 states and Washington, D.C. In fact, the third-highest concentration of our alumni reside in Washington, D.C. A sampling of employers who hired our 2009-2010 graduates includes: Cherokee Nation Tribal Government, Colorado Court of Appeals, ConocoPhillips, Western District of Texas, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, McAfee & Taft, Hall Estill, Riggs Abney, Chesapeake, AT&T Legal, in addition to many other legal and nonlegal employers.
9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?
—Applying late in the year.
—Taking the LSAT with little or no preparation prior to the exam date.
—Lack of interest or inattention to the preparation of the application file.
10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?
The typical TU Law student is service and leadership oriented, self motivated with a strong work ethic, and committed to the values expressed within the College of Law's mission statement.