Tuesday, August 05, 2014
The ALES expands access to legal education by countering the trend of rising tuition and increased student debt.
Tulsa, Okla. – The University of Tulsa College of Law extends an initiative that was announced in February 2014 to recruit qualified students and fill critical legal needs in communities of all sizes. The Access to Legal Education Scholarship (ALES) program awards an immediate and guaranteed $18,000 annual scholarship to all spring 2015 and fall 2015 entering first-year College of Law students pursuing a Juris Doctor from a 12-state region. This bold move expands access to legal education from a top 100 law school for less than the cost of attending any other private law school and most public law schools in the region.
The ALES program has created more than $50,000 in tuition savings for each entering JD student this fall from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.
“The ALES program directly responds to rising tuition, mounting student debt, and an evolving job market for law school graduates. A report released this year by the American Bar Association Task Force on the Future of Legal Education encourages innovation among law schools, and TU Law is responding swiftly to this call to action,” said Janet K. Levit, Dean and Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair of the TU College of Law.
Bar associations and local governments report a need for more attorneys to serve their rural populations. At the same time, there is a growing need for lawyers to advocate for children and families, military veterans, and small companies.
“TU Law is at the forefront of an important shift to align the demand for legal services with a steady supply of exceptionally qualified lawyers,” Levit said. “We offer an excellent, highly individualized legal education rooted in practical experience. TU Law graduates with less debt will be prepared and willing to represent underserved populations in our region. This shift has the potential to fundamentally change the landscape of available options for those who practice law and those who need qualified legal assistance.”
TU College of Law is a leader in energy and natural resources law and Native American law, and it currently offers two active clinics in immigration law and family advocacy. In addition, its expanding experiential learning program is readying TU Law students for the practical responsibilities of public interest and small firm practice within the profession.
For more information, please visit utulsa.edu/law/ALES or contact The University of Tulsa College of Law Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918.631.2406.