Pro Bono Programs

Victim Protective Order Assistance

During the 2009-10 school year, PILSA (then SATJ) launched a Victim Protective Order Assistance program at the Cleveland County Courthouse to assist domestic violence victims who are seeking restraining orders. Under the auspices of PILSA, students staff an office at the courthouse several hours a week, guiding petitioners through the necessary paperwork and the application process.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program started in 2006, and it operates at the Norman Public Library every Wednesday and Thursday night throughout the tax filing season. In a typical year, about 25 OU Law students spend more than 500 hours preparing and electronically filing federal and state income tax returns for about 350 low-income and elderly taxpayers.

All law students, including first-year students, are eligible to volunteer with both the Victim Protective Order Assistance and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs.

Pro Se Waiver Divorce Docket Assistance

In partnership with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University School of Law, the College of Law provides assistance to pro se litigants seeking divorce decrees in Oklahoma County.  The pro se waiver divorce docket is on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons.  Time commitment for students is flexible, but students must attend a training session in August.  2L and 3L students are eligible to participate.  Sign up for the training on Symplicity.