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.
This semester I have had the amazing opportunity to work at the U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ) in Washington, D.C. OTJ is the primary point of contact between the Department of Justice and all of the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes. OTJ maintains liaison with those tribes while promoting the internal uniformity of the Department on policies and litigating positions on matters relating to Indian Country.
Posted by: Professor Connie Smothermon, Director of Competitions
CONGRATULATIONS to the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition teams for closing out the tournament in NYC. Both teams advanced to the FINAL ROUND! The team of Denise Davick, Joseph Allen, and Selby Brown also won BEST BRIEF. Gauri Nautiyal won a speaker award. Gauri's teammates are Brett Merritt and Andrew Henry. These teams qualify for the national finals in Chicago in April. Coach Michelle Johnson obviously did an outstanding job as well!
CONGRATULATIONS to the ABA Mediation teams who competed this weekend.
Posted by: Evelyn Holzer, Director of Public Affairs
Both Oklahoma City and the University of Oklahoma were highlighted in a recent article, 7 Cities Where Millenials Can Still Live the American Dream, by PolicyMic.
The article notes, "Oklahoma City has an unemployment rate of 4.5% and an average rent price of $707/month. With a population of close to 520,000 there are numerous opportunities for millennials. OKC is also home to the University of Oklahoma and other colleges. It is home to four professional sports teams and its downtown area, known as Bricktown, has become a cultural beacon of its own."
The first weeks of my D.C. externship at L/CID (Legal Advisor’s Office – International Claims and Investment Disputes) were a whirlwind! It's sort of like initiation. You feel lost, like you belong, like you made the right decision, like you have no idea what you're doing. You notice that it takes about a week to even gain access to the whole system, then realize you actually are making progress on your first project and then... you realize it's all going to be a-okay. Better even.
Come to Classroom 1 at noon on Tuesday, March 12, for a Lunch & Learn session on public speaking.
Dr. Chris Sawyer, Professor of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University, will examine causes of public speaking anxiety "stage fright" and provide methods to help reduce and alleviate anxiety caused by speaking in public. This presentation will be beneficial as you prepare for moot court, and for any other public speaking (be it in the courtroom or not) you may have to do in the future.