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.
This semester I have had the amazing opportunity to work at the U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ) in Washington, D.C. OTJ is the primary point of contact between the Department of Justice and all of the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes. OTJ maintains liaison with those tribes while promoting the internal uniformity of the Department on policies and litigating positions on matters relating to Indian Country.
The first weeks of my D.C. externship at L/CID (Legal Advisor’s Office – International Claims and Investment Disputes) were a whirlwind! It's sort of like initiation. You feel lost, like you belong, like you made the right decision, like you have no idea what you're doing. You notice that it takes about a week to even gain access to the whole system, then realize you actually are making progress on your first project and then... you realize it's all going to be a-okay. Better even.
Cleta Deatherage Mitchell (’75) has lived in Washington, D.C., for more than 20 years. Born in northeast Oklahoma City in 1950, Mitchell graduated from Classen High School before attending OU as an undergraduate and a law student.
While at OU, Mitchell worked for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and consequently, interacted with many members of the Oklahoma Legislature. A long-held interest in politics blossomed as she spent hours at the Capitol watching, listening and talking with legislators.
Robert “Glenn” Carter (’11) of Norman, Oklahoma, landed a job as an advising attorney at the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Working in the Office of Appellate Operations, Carter was told he was chosen for the position based upon his mock and moot court experience.
Tiffany Drake (’11) of Arlington, Texas, works as a patent examiner for the U.S Patent and Trademark Office. Working in a fast-paced environment, her job consists essentially of analyzing patent applications for their patentability by searching for prior art that would anticipate the claimed inventions, conducting attorney and inventor interviews, and writing office actions in response to the applications.
“With regards to examination, I was surprised to find out how much research and consideration are required in very short amounts of time,” Drake explained.