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.
The BLSA Moot Court team of Jonathan Brewer and Marcus Barahona placed 3rd at the national competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The team won first place at the regional competition in Austin, Texas. OU Law alumni Chris Staine and Marcus Bivines coached the team. A dozen other OU/BLSA alums helped this team, including a practice round at the Judicial Center presided by Judge David Lewis.
Madison Blocker, Jarrad Cormier, and Eric Odom advanced to the Elite 8 in the Widener Vale Corporate Law Moot Court competition in Delaware.
Melvin Hall speaks at BLSA’s “Remembering Our History” Program Melvin Hall, a 1981 graduate of OU Law, joined the Black Law Student Association to speak at the group’s “Remembering Our History” Program. Mr. Hall’s speech focused on the strides the African-American community has made in the legal field and credited Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher for many of those changes. He told the students of the impact she made in his life and how the students will also have the power to change someone’s life. “You have to encourage people. People are going to respect you.
Posted by: Professor Connie Smothermon, Director of Competitions
CONGRATULATIONS to BLSA Frederick Douglass Moot Court team members Graham Boone and Courtney Hilliard! The team won 2nd place at the regional competition in Dallas last weekend. This qualifies them for the national finals in Atlanta, Georgia in early March. The team also won Best Petitioner’s Brief. This was quite a feat considering the difficulties we had submitting the brief the day after Thanksgiving!
Additionally, our OU BLSA chapter won Chapter of the Year and Best Program of the Year.
On April 5, BSLA held a panel for students to discuss the issues of the Trayvon Martin case, a debate that has been the backbone of the “Hoodie Marches” across the country. This case has raised issues and questions on a national level. Were George Zimmerman’s actions justified? Was it suspicion or was it prejudice?
The panel gave students a chance to dissect the legal aspects of the case by speaking with Kent Borcherding, a warrant officer for the City of Norman Municipal Court, and OU Professor Cheryl Wattley, who teaches criminal law.
Posted by: Connie Smothermon, Professor and Director of Competitions
Congratulations to the BLSA International Negotiation Competition team for winning 3rd place in the nation at last weekend’s competition in Washington, D.C. Team members are Valerie Fleurima and Nazareth Haysbert.
One exciting part of this competition is the time frame for preparation. While they were given some general information beforehand, the side they were representing and the secret facts for their side were not provided until a few hours before each round.