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.
For OU Law Professor Mary Sue Backus, this summer has meant cultivating more pro bono opportunities for students. She has attended trainings for two separate pro bono programs, The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program and the Clemency Project 2014.
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program provides veterans and other VA claimants with free attorney representation in appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The claimants are veterans who have been previously denied by the VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
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.
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.
Posted by: Makenna Bober, Class of 2013, Recipient of David L. Boren and Molly Shi Boren Public Service Fellowship
This summer, I had the opportunity to work at the Office of the Attorney General of Texas in the child support division, and it was a wonderful experience. I worked closely with the legal team, learning the ins and outs of child support and the IV-D courts. Every Wednesday, our office had a docket of around 75 cases, and I was in charge of preparing all of the cases for the docket. I spent a good portion of my internship observing, both in court and in the office. This was the most valuable part of the entire experience.
Posted by: Cathleen Brantley, Class of 2014, Recipient of Marjorie P. Maute Memorial Fellowship and David L. Boren and Molly Shi Boren Public Service Fellowship
I worked at the Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women in Oklahoma City. The Institute’s mission is to promote peace by creating economically stable societies. I worked specifically with the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS program, which selects 30 women from Rwanda and 30 women from Afghanistan to participate in an intensive business basics course in their home country.