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.
Kerr Lounge was lined with employers representing 15 different public interest organizations from across the country for OU Law’s Public Interest Career Fair. At the event, hosted by the Office of Career Development, students had the chance to interact with and distribute resumes to potential employers. It was a great opportunity for them to obtain externships and internships with public interest organizations. It also allowed the organizations to market themselves and their internship programs to the students who are actively seeking public interest positions.
On February 17, the University of Oklahoma College of Law family lost one of its dearest friends. Edna Asper Elkouri along with her late husband, Professor Emeritus Frank Elkouri, made a permanent and profound impact on OU Law. A native Pennsylvanian, Edna was born on June 18, 1922. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh before attending George Washington University to earn her Juris Doctor degree. While a first year law student, Edna met Frank Elkouri, who was then working for the National Wage Stabilization Board in Washington, D.C.
Melvin Hall speaks at BLSA’s “Remembering Our History” Program Melvin Hall, a 1981 graduate of OU Law, joined the Black Law Student Association to speak at the group’s “Remembering Our History” Program. Mr. Hall’s speech focused on the strides the African-American community has made in the legal field and credited Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher for many of those changes. He told the students of the impact she made in his life and how the students will also have the power to change someone’s life. “You have to encourage people. People are going to respect you.
Katheleen R. Guzman, the Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law and MAPCO/Williams Presidential Professor of Law is this year’s winner of the Medal for Excellence in Teaching at a Research University. “The energy she gives to students is significant and radiates in all that she does,” said College of Law Dean Joseph Harroz, Jr. A law professor for more than two decades, Guzman said she sets high expectations for her students, with the ultimate goal of teaching students how to teach themselves. “I demand daily written briefs and lower grades for inadequate preparation,” Guzman said.
Three more OU Law competition teams bring home awards. Two teams headed to San Francisco for the ABA NAAC regional competitions. The team of Kelsey Frobisher, Blake Johnson, and Alex Duncan AND the team of Brett Merritt, Andrew Henry, and Jeff Vogt were undefeated and advanced to the final round. Kelsey Frobisher, Blake Johnson, and Jeff Vogt won speaker awards, while the team of Kelsey Frobisher, Blake Johnson, and Alex Duncan won 3rd best brief. The teams were coached by Professor Michelle Johnson who will also take them to the national competition in Chicago in April.