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.
Even though school is out, the Office of Professional and Career Development (OPCD) is open, and staff members are available to assist you throughout June, July and August. In addition to having office appointments, the staff would like to offer the following tips to encourage you to make the most of your summer days.
Posted by: Evelyn Holzer, Director of Public Affairs
The University of Oklahoma College of Law is pleased to announce that applications and nominations are being accepted for the Herman G. Kaiser Chair in International Law. The Chair has been funded through a gift from the Herman G. Kaiser Foundation. It is intended for a legal scholar with an international reputation for research excellence and superior teaching skills in the fields of international law, comparative law, or both. The appointment will be at the full professor level with tenure.
Posted by: Professor Mary Sue Backus, Chinese Summer Law Program
It is a cliché to say that China is a land of contradictions, but the first OU law students participating in the Chinese Law Summer Program are finding the truth in that platitude. Eight OU law students are living in China for a month, attending classes on the Chinese legal system at Renmin University Law School and exploring the dynamic capital city of Beijing.
China’s capital city is an enigma, home to both ancient and modern China, not to mention more than 22 million permanent residents and a “floating population” of another 10 million or so migrant workers.
Posted by: Sally Harrison, Chinese Law Summer Program student
When deciding to study abroad to learn about the Chinese legal system this summer, I did not really plan on my negotiating skills getting a big work out. Well I was wrong. We go to class during the day soaking in everything we can about the intricacies of the legal system in China, but the Socratic method is not widely used here, so we do not use many oral skills. However, our oral arguments and negotiating skills are put to the test at the famous Chinese silk markets.
Walking through the silk shops will do wonders for anyone’s self esteem.
Posted by: David Dye, Associate Director, John B. Turner LL.M. Program
Christine Fritze, a 2012 graduate of the John B. Turner LL.M. Program, has accepted a visiting professorship at the University of North Dakota School of Law to teach natural resources, oil and gas, and elder law in 2012-13. UND is the only law school in North Dakota. Christine has agreed to a one-year commitment with hopes to stay for a second year.
In addition, Christine has been named as the UND’s trustee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Lawyer Foundation and will attend the annual institute on behalf of the university.