OU Law Sponsors Much-Needed Breaks During Oklahoma Bar Exam

After hours of answering grueling bar exam questions on July 24 and 25, OU Law students exited the testing room at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to see a few familiar faces standing in front of Dining on Persimmon Hill restaurant across the hall. OU Law Dean Joe Harroz, Assistant Dean Scott Palk, OPCD Director Casey Delaney and Alumni Relations Director Raegan King greeted them with sympathetic smiles, encouraging words and a free lunch.  

“We all remember how difficult taking the bar exam was,” Dean Palk said.


OU Law Hosts Section Release Party for Incoming 1Ls

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.”


OU Law group explores “land of contradictions”

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. 


Chinese Negotiations

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.


LL.M. Graduate to Teach at University of North Dakota

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.