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Financial Aid and Scholarships

OU Law is ranked 10th in the nation out of more than 200 law schools as a Best Value Law School. We are committed to providing the highest quality legal education at an affordable cost to our students. Providing opportunities for scholarships and financial aid are central to that commitment.

Scholarships

At OU Law, the scholarship process takes place in several stages. Many scholarships are awarded to incoming first-year students shortly after admittance to OU Law.

Incoming Student Scholarships

All OU Law applications completed by the March 15 deadline will be considered for academic scholarships. No separate scholarship application is required. The Scholarship Committee typically distributes available funds based on academic achievement, successful performance on the LSAT and other life experiences. If you are awarded a scholarship, we will notify you promptly after you have been admitted to OU Law. Admitted students can expect to be notified of a merit-based scholarship within a month of an admission decision. 

Comfort Scholarship

The Comfort Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards at OU Law. Through a generous endowment from William T. Comfort Jr. and James T. Comfort, OU Law awards merit-based scholarships to incoming students with exemplary academic qualifications and LSAT scores. The Comfort Scholarship is awarded without regard to financial need. In addition, typically the top 10 students in each of the second- and third-year classes are considered for Comfort "Top Ten" Scholarships. Comfort Scholars are considered to be among the most outstanding group of incoming students.

Elkouri Scholarship

The Frank and Edna Asper Elkouri Scholarship is one of our most impressive awards. Professor Frank Elkouri, a nationally noted authority on labor arbitration, joined the faculty in 1952 and remained with the College of Law for 58 years. Prior to joining the faculty, Elkouri practiced with the Oklahoma City law firm of Quinlan & Elkouri and was an attorney with the National Wage Stabilization Board in Washington, D.C., and Dallas. From 1952 until 1957, in addition to teaching, he was the advisor to the Office of the President at OU. Elkouri was appointed to a George Lynn Cross Research Professorship in 1975 and awarded the Whitney North Seymour Medal from the American Arbitration Association in 1980. Though he retired in 1985, he continued his leadership as professor emeritus at the law school through 2010. It is Frank and Edna Asper Elkouri’s desire to help defray the cost of tuition and educational expenses of a number of our most academically exceptional law students.

First-, Second-, and Third-Year Scholarships

In addition to incoming student scholarships, OU Law administers a scholarship and awards program based on a scholarship application. This application is given to all students after classes begin in the fall and again in the spring. By completing the application, students are considered for all merit, field of interest, and need-based scholarships for which they qualify. Scholarships range from several hundred to several thousand dollars. The Scholarship Committee makes decisions in October and April of each year. Contact the Registrar for more information.

External Scholarships

In addition to internal scholarships, OU Law receives notifications about outside scholarships and awards available to law students. Current opportunities are listed here and are updated throughout the year. Click on each scholarship heading to learn more about their specific application requirements and process.

Brown, PC National Business Law Scholarship

A $500 stipend awarded to a second- or third-year U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in business law.

The award will be paid directly to the student and can be used for any expenses related to legal education, including but not limited to tuition, room, board, books, bar review courses, or commuting expenses.

Deadline to apply:  August 6, 2018

Contact:  Kristen Brown at Kristen.Brown@brownpc.com

For additional information and the application, click here.

Brown, PC National Tax Law Scholarship

A $500 stipend awarded to a second- or third-year U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax law. 

The award will be paid directly to the student and can be used for any expenses related to legal education, including but not limited to tuition, room, board, books, bar review courses, or commuting expenses.

Deadline to apply:  August 6, 2018

Contact:  Kristen Brown at Kristen.Brown@brownpc.com

For additional information and the application, click here

 

Buckfire & Buckfire Law School Diversity Scholarship

A $2,000 award established to help law students who are in need of financial assistance to achieve their academic goals and professional dreams. 

Open to students who are a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority, or demonstrate commitment to issues of diversity within their community.

The scholarship will be awarded to the student who best exemplifies determination to succeed in both academic endeavors as well as inclusion efforts.

Must be a U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited law school in the U.S., with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 and at least one semester of classes completed at an accredited law school.

Deadline to apply:  April 1, 2018

Contact:  Scholarship Committee at info@buckfirelaw.com

For additional information and the application, click here.

ChapmanAlbin Scholarship for Law Students

A $1,000 scholarship for any law student planning on attending, accepted to attend, or currently attending an accredited law school in the U.S.

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and be at least 18 years old to qualify. Applicants may not be current or past employees of ChapmanAlbin or be directly related to a current employee.

A check will be made to the scholarship recipient’s law school to cover law tuition and other related expenses (books/board) after confirmation of enrollment at an accredited law school in the U.S.

Deadline to apply:  June 15, 2018

Contact:  contact@chapmanlegal.com

For additional information and the application, click here.

Christensen Law Firm Scholarship

A $2,000 scholarship for any incoming or continuing law student enrolled in an accredited law school in the U.S., who holds a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Payment sent directly to the recipient's financial aid department to help pay for their tuition costs.

Deadline to apply:  January 31, 2019

Contact: Erik Evensen at (512) 580-8967 ro christensenlawfirmpllc@gmail.com.

For additional information and the application, click here.

 

DDR Lawyers Legal Scholarship

A $1,500 scholarship for any admitted law student attending an accredited law school in the U.S. who holds minimum GPA of 3.5.

Payment sent directly to the recipient's financial aid department to help pay for their tuition costs.

Deadline to apply:  December 31, 2018

Contact:  Devin H. at (786) 504-7874 or ddrlawyers@gmail.com

For additional information and the application, click here.

Fellers Snider Scholarship

This $3,000 scholarship opportunity is open to all law students, with no minimum GPA required to apply.

Intended to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Deadline to apply:  February 28, 2018

Contact:  DeAnna Carter at DCarter@FellersSnider.com or (405) 232-0621

For additional information and the application, click here.

International Association of Gaming Advisors Bybee Scholarship

A $2,500 award to a J.D. student at an accredited law school.

To be considered for the award, each submitted paper must either enhance the understanding of gaming law or recommend a beneficial gaming law change. Recommended length of the paper is 3,000-5,000 words exclusive of footnotes.

Contact:  Jennifer Roberts at Jennifer.Roberts@univ.edu.

For more information, click here.

 

 

Plattner Verderame, PC Civil Justice Scholarship

A $2,500 award given to a student interested in any aspect of social or civil justice who is currently enrolled in, or will be enrolled in, an accredited college.

Deadline to apply:  June 2018

Contact:  Laurie Verderame at scholarship@plattner-verderame.com

For additional information and the application, click here.

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Scholarship

Awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 given to any law student enrolled full time at one of the Foundation's Constituent Law Schools who is undertaking the study of natural resources law. Scholarship is to be used toward payment of law school tuition.

Criteria for selection:  potential to make a significant contribution to the field of natural resources law; academic ability; leadership ability; completed at least one year in law school; and financial need

Deadline to apply for 2018-2019 academic year:  J.D. applications by February 28, 2018; LL.M. applications by March 15, 2018

Contact:  Frances Hartough at scholarships@rmmlf.org or fhartogh@rmmlf.org or www.rmmlf.org.                                                                                                                                         

For additional information and the application, click here.

Texas Bar Tax Section Scholarship

A $2,000 scholarship awarded to students demonstrating academic excellence and commitment to the study and practice of tax law.

Any student who is enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school at the time the application is submitted and who intends to practice tax law in Texas is eligible to apply.

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students with their financial needs, facilitate and encourage students to enter the practice of tax law in Texas, and become active members of the State Bar Tax Section.

Deadline to apply:  April 2, 2018 

Contact:  Stephen Long at stephen.long@bakermckenzie.com.

For additional information and the application, click here.

University Women's Association Scholarship

A $1,000 scholarship awarded to a full-time 2L or 3L student. Award is based on academic performance, high standards of personal conduct, and with consideration for financial need.

Deadline to apply:  March 7, 2018 at noon.

Application packet should include: 
1. Resume
2. Statement of goals and future plans
3. Two letters of recommendation (from faculty or someone knowledgeable about the stated criteria)
4. 3X5 headshot (color preferred)

Submit materials to Becky Lucas at rlucas@ou.edu no later than noon on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Becky will submit as a group to the UWA Scholarship Committee.

 

Weiss and Paarz Annual National Law Scholarship

A $1,000 award to a student starting or continuing law school anywhere in the U.S. who plans to realize their full potential on a career path that helps others.

This student will demonstrate their exceptional work ethic and academic achievement, commitment to their local community and charitable giving, and overall moral character through a personal statement.

Deadline to apply:  September 3, 2018

Contact:  Sarah Weiss Rozalis at weissandpaarzscholarships@gmail.com

For additional information and the application, click here.

Financial Aid

Federal student loans are available to students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Eligible students may be able to obtain a Federal Stafford Loan. Other loan options, including the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan and Private Educational Loans, may be available to students who wish to borrow beyond the maximum of the Stafford Loan. Both the Federal Graduate PLUS and Private Loans require a credit check to be performed by the selected lender.

To determine eligibility status and initiate the financial aid process, students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA becomes available on October 1 for the following fall and spring semesters. Parental information is not required on the FAFSA for OU Law students. The FAFSA can be completed by visiting fafsa.ed.gov. OU's school code is 00318400. Do not hold submission of the FAFSA because of not yet filing a federal income tax return. Instead, provide an estimate of income. To electronically sign your FAFSA, you will need your four digit federal PIN. If you do not have one, or if you do not remember your PIN, you can request a new or duplicate one by visiting pin.ed.gov.

For students who are not eligible for federal financial aid, private educational loans may be an option if the student has a sufficiently lengthy and positive credit history in the United States or can apply with a credit worthy cosigner who is a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Eligible students can apply for a private educational loan up to the institution's cost of attendance minus any aid they have already been awarded. For additional information about these loan programs, please contact our Financial Aid Office by visiting financialaid.ou.edu.

Refer to the links below for more information about financial aid:

OU Scholarships
OU Financial Aid Services - Review the Graduate and Law Students section which includes information on student loans
FAFSA
Internal Revenue Service
FinAid

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