The University of Tulsa – College of Law
Founded originally in the 1930s as the Muskogee Indian School for Girls, the University of Tulsa first grew into the Henry Kendall Presbyterian College, and then its current form. One of our founders, Alice Robertson, was the grand-daughter of Samuel Worchester, the missionary who fought for Indian sovereignty in the United States Supreme Court in the case of Worchester v. Georgia.
Today, the University of Tulsa College of Law’s Native American Law Center is a leading research center for Native American law and history. Courses in the MJIL program are developed and taught by TU professors as well as other recognized experts in the field. TU also operates the Gilcrease Museum – the leading museum and research repository not only for Indian art, but also for Indian scholarship and history research.
Tulsa Law is a ranked by US News and World Reports as a Top-100 law school. TU’s rankings have risen more than sixty spots in the last 5 years. TU’s graduates serve across the United States in roles as diverse as Dean of a Law School, General Counsel to multiple Fortune-1000 companies, State Attorney General, Tribal Attorney General, Litigators, Regulators, and in various advisory capacities. The strength of the TU Law program is reflected in the excellence achieved by our graduates.
TU Law offers five degrees that propel careers ahead, particularly in Indian Country:
Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law (online): is an online degree program for individuals who work in a variety of disciplines and positions which in some way require a solid knowledge of the field but who do not require a law degree. The 30-credit-hour program is offered in a part-time and full-time format with students generally taking five to nine credits per term. MJIL students enrolled on a part-time basis (2-8 credit hours per term) are generally expected to complete the program in five to six terms. Students enrolling as full-time students (9-12 credit hours per term) may expect to complete the degree in three to four terms. The goal of the online program is to make it possible for professionals all across Indian Country to pursue a graduate degree in Indian Law without the need to leave jobs, families and tribes behind in the process.
LL.M in American Indian and Indigenous Law (in person): is an advanced degree designed to educate lawyers in the issues critical to understanding and representing American Indian and other indigenous people, both in the United States and abroad. The LLM program is flexible. In consultation with the faculty, students can tailor a field of study not just to Indian law in general, but to specific sub-specialties they wish to develop. The program is available as either an academic track (emphasizing course work) or a research track.
Master of Jurisprudence in Energy Law (online): is designed to provide the education and hands-on training necessary for graduates to make a positive impact on their world, while succeeding in an exciting and rewarding career. The MJEL is part of our Sustainable Energy and Resources Law (SERL) program. Energy issues are imporant in Indian Country. The MJEL is designed exclusively for individuals who wish to further their own professional marketability by gaining a deeper insight into the specific laws and regulations that govern the energy field. If you are already employed in energy and contemplating the next step in your professional development, or looking to launch a career in the field, we invite you to consider all that TU Law’s MJEL offers.
Juris Doctor (in person): provides the right blend of practical experience and doctrinal training for students to be practice-ready. First-year students get hands-on experience with the law, working with real clients and solving real legal issues. First-year coursework provides a solid foundation for advanced study that can be tailored to each student’s goals through elective courses and participation in TU College of Law’s specialized centers, institutes and academic programs.