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 August 28, 2014, Michael Waters celebrated his 25th year at OU Law as Editorial Advisor for the law reviews. OU Law boasts three law reviews: the Oklahoma Law Review, the American Indian Law Review, and Oklahoma Journal of Law and Technology. Michael’s role in all three is vital: he edits every article for each journal before it is published. To show their gratitude, students from all three journals gathered to honor his hard work and dedication to them for the past 25 years.
For OU Law Professor Mary Sue Backus, this summer has meant cultivating more pro bono opportunities for students. She has attended trainings for two separate pro bono programs, The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program and the Clemency Project 2014.
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program provides veterans and other VA claimants with free attorney representation in appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The claimants are veterans who have been previously denied by the VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
Hugh Roff Professor of Law Peter Kutner has been selected as a fellow of the European Law Institute. The European Law Institute is an independent organization concerned with the improvement and integration of law in Europe. Its fellows and other members are primarily distinguished jurists from across Europe, not only academics but also legal practitioners, judges, government officials and leaders of legal organizations. A small number of scholars from outside Europe, including Professor Kutner, are also fellows and will contribute to the projects of the institute.
I spent this summer working for the District Attorney’s office in Clark County Nevada. Our office was located in the Regional Justice Center in downtown Las Vegas, just four blocks from Freemont Street.
The Clark County DA (CCDA)’s office is broken into six general litigation teams, and six specialty teams. The general litigation teams, also known as track teams, handle a wide variety of cases including misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and felonies.
Before the start of my third-year at OU Law, I enjoyed a wonderful summer break back in my home country of China. I participated in the Chinese Law Summer Program at Renmin University of China Law School, which is consistently ranked as the top law school in China. Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law hosts the program and OU Law is one of five participating U.S. law schools. From this incredibly wonderful program, I gained a lot of knowledge and insightful understanding of Chinese law, politics, and culture. I knew many of my fellow classmates who were from various U.S.