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Booming externship program provides practical experience

Twenty-five percent of The University of Tulsa College of Law’s 2L and 3L students are participating in summer externships in 18 cities across the U.S. This successful program is giving law students practical experience in government agencies, courts, law firms, corporations and public interest organizations which are exciting and relevant to their legal specialties.

Recent TU Law graduate Murphy Mitchell externed with New York County Defender Services in the spring of 2018 and interned with Brooklyn Defender Services during the summer of 2017.

Summer 2018 externship placements include:
1. Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, ACLU, Washington, D.C.
2. National Center for Youth Law, Washington, D.C.
3. Tulsa County Public Defender ICWA Division, Tulsa, Oklahoma
4. U.S. Probation Office, Tulsa, Oklahoma
5. City of Wheat Ridge, Wheat Ridge, Colorado
6. City of Broken Arrow, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
7. TU Athletics, Tulsa, Oklahoma
8. ORU Athletics, Tulsa, Oklahoma
9. Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston, Texas

Judicial placements included:
1. The Honorable Stephanie Seymour, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2. The Honorable Chief Judge Gregory Frizzell, USDC Northern District of Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma
3. The Honorable Dana Kuehn, OK Court of Criminal Appeals, Tulsa, Oklahoma
4. The Honorable Jane Wiseman, OK Court of Civil Appeals, Tulsa, Oklahoma
5. U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Youngstown, Ohio
6. U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa, Florida

Notable energy placements included:
1. Consumer Energy Alliance, Houston, Texas
2. ConocoPhillips, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
3. Helmerich and Payne, Tulsa, Oklahoma
4. NBI Services Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma (2)
5. NGL Energy Partners, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Currently serving as an extern for the city attorney of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Keaton Taylor said, “During the law student-to-lawyer transition, new skills become necessary for success; skills that can only be learned by doing. Externships are crucial to future lawyers. The externship program gives me the opportunity while still in school to begin navigating the new terrain of an attorney.”

For those interested in learning more about externships, Lauren N. Donald, assistant dean for experiential learning describes how the program works in this video.