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.
Posted by: Evelyn Holzer and Jonella Frank, Sooner Lawyer
Through their judicial service on Oklahoma’s highest courts, two OU College of Law alumni continue to make history. Tom Colbert (’82) was sworn in January 4 as the first African-American chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. A few weeks later, on January 23, David B. Lewis (’83) was sworn in as the first African-American presiding judge of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. Each was the first black person to serve on their respective courts when they were appointed, Colbert in 2004 and Lewis in 2005.
I have just started a legal internship in San Jose, Costa Rica, with the Inter-American Court on Human Rights, one of four international Courts in the world.
First week and half here has been quite the experience already! The Court operates ENTIRELY in Spanish, so I didn't really get a grace period to ease into things – although I must admit the total immersion into the language has already helped me tremendously.
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.
One current law student has gotten a taste of working in Washington, D.C., and is focused on eventually returning. Third-year student Rayshon Payton completed a summer internship in D.C. where he worked in the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Payton refers to that office as the “open front door to the White House.” The individuals who work there create and coordinate opportunities for a dialogue between the Obama administration and the public. One of the duties of the office is to host political forums and other outreach events.