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A Lesson from the Chinese Law Summer Program: Don’t Make “the Best” an Enemy of “the Better”

During one of the lectures during the Chinese Law Summer Program, Professor He Jiahong talked in-depth about the evolution of criminal procedure in China over the past 40 years. It was a lecture that was exemplary of why studying abroad is an amazing experience. That morning, I finally started to grasp part of the root of how our systems differ. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around it, so bear with me as I speculate.

In America, we carry around the identity of our country within ourselves.

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2012 Oxford Summer Program

I just returned from Oxford, and I can’t stop thinking about it. It was by far one of the best summers of my life.

I was drawn to the program because I had heard from many students who had gone previously say it was one of their favorite law school experiences. I have met people who graduated from OU 20 years ago who went to Oxford and still talk about how much they loved it. I knew I had to go.

I think one of the best things about Oxford is the sense of community.

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OU Law Sponsors Much-Needed Breaks During Oklahoma Bar Exam

After hours of answering grueling bar exam questions on July 24 and 25, OU Law students exited the testing room at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to see a few familiar faces standing in front of Dining on Persimmon Hill restaurant across the hall. OU Law Dean Joe Harroz, Assistant Dean Scott Palk, OPCD Director Casey Delaney and Alumni Relations Director Raegan King greeted them with sympathetic smiles, encouraging words and a free lunch.  

“We all remember how difficult taking the bar exam was,” Dean Palk said.

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Professor Maute’s Writings Lauded in Latest Edition of The Bramble Bush

First written more than 80 years ago, The Bramble Bush: On Our Law and Its Study by Karl N. Llewellyn continues to remain relevant in today’s legal education environment. Anyone who has graduated from law school in the U.S. since the 1930s has probably at least heard of The Bramble Bush, if not studied it in preparation for law school.

Stewart Macaulay, a senior professor of law at the University of Wisconsin, who authored the foreword for the most recent edition, discussed at length the work of OU Law Professor Judith Maute.

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The Six-Word Externship Challenge

It is said Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write an entire story in six words. True or not, brevity has its advantages. Taking a cue from Professor Mary Dunnwold of Hamline University School of Law who asked first-year students to do the same, I asked the summer externs to tell us about their experience in six words. Here are some of their responses.

More court. More clients. More coffee.
Doing good work for good reasons. 
To affirm or not to affirm. (working for an appellate judge)
It is good to be a citizen.

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