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.
On April 19, OU Law students were recognized for their volunteer hours at the Annual Pro Bono Awards Reception. In addition, more than $20,000 worth of summer fellowships were awarded to students doing public interest work.
The students and faculty below each have given in excess of 25 hours of law-related service since April 2011.
Are you a dog-lover? Do you need a short break from studies to de-stress a little? During the next two weeks, there will be therapy dogs in the building from an organization called “A New Leash on Life.” The dogs are here for your relaxation and enjoyment. Feel free to approach them, pet them, and hang out with them as you like. Each dog will be accompanied by a trainer at all times, and all of the dogs are certified therapy dogs. You will be able to identify the dogs by a red bandana that says “therapy dog,” and each trainer will be wearing ID, as well.
Posted by: Professor Connie Smothermon, Director of Competitions
We started the 1L Moot Court Competition with 78 teams, and we are ready to announce the winners.
1st Place: Nicholas Elliott and Zachary Ryan
2nd Place: Justin Hedges and Adlai Groves
The top twenty speakers are: 1. Anna Imose 2. Ian Fullington 3. Derek Osborn 4. Patrick Ahern 5. Megan Carothers 6. Justin Hedges 7. Brooke Churchman 8. John Scott Overbey 9. Shane Hill (note: tie) 9. Emily Payne (note: tie) 11. Sally Harrison 12. Andrew Henry 13. Brett Merritt 14.
Have you ever needed to convert part of a print book into a PDF file? Researchers can now do that with the simple push of a button in the Law Library. The Book2Net Spirit Scanner near the Law Library Circulation Desk will capture the scanned pages and save them to a PDF file on your flash drive. To use the scanner, simply place your book face-up on the scanner tray, insert your flash drive into the system, and follow the on screen instructions. Scanning is as simple as turning a page and pressing a button.
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.