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.
Except for the time I spent about 30 minutes just inside the Canada border when I was in 8th grade, I had never been out of the country. It made my experience participating in the OU Law International Human Rights Clinic that much more significant.
On May 19, two law students, a law professor and I embarked on our journey across two time zones, an ocean and thousands of miles to the French overseas region of French Guiana. French Guiana, or “Guyane” as the locals call it, is situated along the Atlantic Ocean in South America bordered by Brazil on one side and Suriname on the 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.
The Oklahoma International Law Society is hosting an event 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 2, with Evelyn Aswad, the Assistant Legal Adviser for Human Rights and Refugees in the U.S. State Department. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend! The event begins in Classroom 6 at 4 p.m., and she will give a lecture on her role in Legal at the State Department. There is a reception following the lecture in the Sneed Lounge from 5 to 6 p.m., where all attendees will get a chance to meet Evelyn Aswad and enjoy great Italian food.
Posted by: Evelyn Holzer, director of public affairs
As member countries of the United Nations, Argentina and Zambia are required to submit reports to the U.N. Human Rights Council on the status of human rights provided to their indigenous populations. Two groups of OU Law students in the International Human Rights Clinic traveled to these countries in January 2012 to investigate their human rights protections. The students met with native peoples, government representatives and others to research how each country’s indigenous communities can be helped.