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.
OU Law celebrated the graduation of 153 juris doctorate and 20 master of laws students on Saturday, May 10th at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.
Serving as the keynote speaker for the convocation was United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Judge Robert E. Bacharach. President Barack Obama nominated Judge Bacharach January 4, 2013, when the set was vacated by Robert Henry. The United States Senate confirmed his nomination February 25, 2013 and he received his commission February 28, 2013.
The Student Bar Association (SBA) wraps us the 2013-2014 school year by electing a new Board of Governors. The SBA Board of Governors for 2014-2015 is as follows:
President: Elise Puma, 3L Executive Vice President: Christy Atwood, 2L Vice President of Finance: Cassandra Kolenda, 3L Vice President of Marketing: Kristin Newman, 2L Vice President of Special Events: Melissa Cowle, 2L Vice President of Programming: Erin Erhardt, 3L 3L Class President: Luke Miles, 3L 2L Class President: Sam Merchant, 2L 1L Class President: Elected in Fall
March 28, 2014 was a memorable day for the University of Oklahoma College of Law – particularly for the school’s Oklahoma International Law Society (OILS), which hosted a breakfast reception for U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Stephen Mathias.
Mathias, one of the highest-level officials to speak at the College of Law this year, opened the breakfast with remarks relating to hot international law topics before engaging in a Q-and-A style discussion with OILS members.
OU Law hosted the Pro Bono Awards Reception where four students were honored for their public service and many other granted fellowships. The evening featured Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company.
2014 Outstanding Student Award Winners
Ally Simon was named the Outstanding Graduating Student for contributing nearly 1000 hours to Pros for Africa and the ACLU.
The OU Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) brought home several honors from the Federal Bar Association’s 38th Annual Indian Law Conference.
NALSA was named Chapter of the Year in recognition of its contributions in increasing knowledge of Native American law. NALSA hosted an ongoing speaker series, raised over $2000.00 for a NALSA fellowship to assist a student in working with Native communities and hosted this year’s National NALSA Moot Court Competition.