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.
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.
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.
Posted by: Jennifer Villani Burton, JD Class of 2013
The 9th Annual Students for Access to Justice (SATJ) Pro Bono and Public Interest Career Fair will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 19 in Kerr Lounge. The fair brings employers from government, non-profit, and military organizations from Oklahoma, Texas, and even Missouri to campus – each sharing information about their services with students. More importantly, employers attend the fair to find students to partner with them in serving the public. Several employers have collected resumes ahead of time and will be conducting interviews during the fair.
One current law student has gotten a taste of working in Washington, D.C., and is focused on eventually returning. Third-year student Rayshon Payton completed a summer internship in D.C. where he worked in the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Payton refers to that office as the “open front door to the White House.” The individuals who work there create and coordinate opportunities for a dialogue between the Obama administration and the public. One of the duties of the office is to host political forums and other outreach events.
Posted by: Zachary Bidner, Class of 2013, Recipient of Cindy Foley Memorial Indigent Defense Fellowship and David L. Boren and Molly Shi Boren Public Service Fellowship
This summer, I gained experience interning at the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. I was assigned to the family violence division. The caseload consisted of all misdemeanor domestic assaults, terroristic threats, and violations of protective orders. My work there has provided me the opportunity to prepare motions, conduct legal research and receive actual courtroom experience. I performed multiple non-jury trials, questioned witnesses, admitted evidence, and argued law. I discussed cases with victims and analyzed jail calls. I subpoenaed and prepared cases for trial.