OU Law enrolls approximately 500 students annually in its Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree programs. The John B. Turner LL.M. Program attracts students worldwide wishing to specialize in the college’s core areas: energy, natural resources and Native American law. Students also have the opportunity to earn joint degrees, travel abroad and gain practical experience through numerous clinics, competitions and legal publications at OU Law. They also provide valuable legal services to the public through the OU Legal Clinic and Students for Access to Justice.
The University of Oklahoma College of Law has retained an outstanding full-time law faculty to provide our students with an unequalled legal education experience. Combined with the numerous adjunct specialists who teach various subjects from the practitioner's point of view, we have assembled an exceptional instructional corps.
We are so appreciative of the support OU College of Law receives from donors. Their support enhances our academic and scholarship programs, allowing OU Law to provide a quality legal education at a reasonable cost.
When I meet with alumni, I am always amazed to discover how many have never made it back to Norman. While I encourage you to come tour the campus (you won’t believe the changes!), I am equally as eager to come visit you in your hometowns. I hope to see you at an upcoming alumni event.
The University of Oklahoma College of Law is one of our nation’s great public law schools. Founded in 1909, OU Law provides a dynamic intellectual community dedicated to teaching, learning, research and service in the pursuit of law and justice. OU Law delivers an exemplary legal education at an accessible cost to students and is consistently recognized as a “Best Value” law school by National Jurist magazine.
On June 29, Dean Joe Harroz opened his home to incoming first-year students for the inaugural Section Release Party. Incoming students typically find out their sections right before schools starts, during orientation. Susan Wilson, director of admissions, said that the faculty and staff decided it would be more meaningful to have an event in the summer.
“We typically have to wait until August for them to get here,” Assistant Dean Scott Palk said. “We simply did not want to wait! We wanted to get them here early so they could all meet each other.”
Posted by: Professor Mary Sue Backus, Chinese Summer Law Program
It is a cliché to say that China is a land of contradictions, but the first OU law students participating in the Chinese Law Summer Program are finding the truth in that platitude. Eight OU law students are living in China for a month, attending classes on the Chinese legal system at Renmin University Law School and exploring the dynamic capital city of Beijing.
China’s capital city is an enigma, home to both ancient and modern China, not to mention more than 22 million permanent residents and a “floating population” of another 10 million or so migrant workers.
Posted by: Sally Harrison, Chinese Law Summer Program student
When deciding to study abroad to learn about the Chinese legal system this summer, I did not really plan on my negotiating skills getting a big work out. Well I was wrong. We go to class during the day soaking in everything we can about the intricacies of the legal system in China, but the Socratic method is not widely used here, so we do not use many oral skills. However, our oral arguments and negotiating skills are put to the test at the famous Chinese silk markets.
Walking through the silk shops will do wonders for anyone’s self esteem.
Posted by: David Dye, Associate Director, John B. Turner LL.M. Program
Christine Fritze, a 2012 graduate of the John B. Turner LL.M. Program, has accepted a visiting professorship at the University of North Dakota School of Law to teach natural resources, oil and gas, and elder law in 2012-13. UND is the only law school in North Dakota. Christine has agreed to a one-year commitment with hopes to stay for a second year.
In addition, Christine has been named as the UND’s trustee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Lawyer Foundation and will attend the annual institute on behalf of the university.
Posted by: Jeff Riles, Student Bar Association President
This weekend, my best friends and I will be hooded and conferred with Juris Doctor degrees from a place we have come to call home.
It is true what they say, that law school is hard, and the academics are rigorous. But, it has been an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.
You see, as much as I’ve learned at the College of Law about our nation’s founding transcribed in the text of our Constitution, or debated with my friends about the merits of an emerging area of Environmental Law, I have sincerely learned that we are more alike then we are different.