Letter From Dean Harroz
There is no more special place to study the law than the University of Oklahoma College of Law. In 2009, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the College with visitors such as US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy and (at our program in Oxford, England) the Chief Justice of the Canadian Supreme Court. As we begin our second century, the energy, opportunity and excitement at the College of Law has never been greater.
For the third consecutive year, we have seated the most academically qualified entering first-year class of law students in our college history. Our students are as interesting and diverse as they are academically qualified. In our 2010 entering class of 174 students, there are 48 different undergraduate schools represented. Many bring a variety of work experience to the classroom. They have lived, worked and traveled in more than 25 foreign countries, serving in the Peace Corps, establishing successful business enterprises in developing countries and serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Our incoming class inherits a legacy of great success. The overall bar passage rate at the college is in the top 20 in the nation in each of the last three years. Over the past eight years, we have increased our minority student population from 9 to 22 percent, and we have the largest Native American student population in the nation. The quality and opportunity available at OU Law is routinely recognized as a top US law school for "Value Received for Money Paid."
Our exceptional faculty is comprised of national and international caliber talent. They are great teachers, scholars, practitioners and public servants. We have attracted faculty from the most prominent law schools in the country, a variety of national and international law practices and the highest legal positions in government agencies. Academic perspective and insights are gained from experiences teaching abroad, publishing in national legal journals, advising developing nations as they structure their legal systems and serving on national and international committees that better society.
We strive to provide an unparalleled student experience. At OU Law, first-year students are taught by exceptional professors in small sections of approximately 44 students per class, with legal research and writing classes half this size. Small sections and class sizes allow us to provide a superior learning experience.
At OU College of Law, you will find special educational opportunities such as our "top 5 in the nation" oil and gas program and unique classes such as "International Indigenous People," where you and your fellow classmates will be joined in class for the semester, via real-time internet connection, by students from three other countries. Our clinical programs include an International Human Rights Clinic, where students study the condition of native people in developing countries and then formally report the results to the United Nations Human Rights Council for consideration.
The facilities at our college are among the best in the country. The stunning Dick Bell Courtroom can hold more than 200 people and hosts sittings of state and federal trial and appellate courts each year. With its sound-proof viewing rooms, students can watch part of a trial or oral argument between classes without interrupting the proceedings. The Chapman Great Reading Room in the Donald E. Pray Law Library evokes a feeling of previous generations and inspires the present.
At OU Law, we have inspired and produced generations of excellence. Our students have left our halls to go on to lead the state, nation and world in all areas of law, business, education and government. Our history and our journey provide an important foundation and heritage. We enter our second hundred years with excitement and purpose, positioned to continue and further our legacy.
There has never been a more exciting time. We hope that you will join us as we pioneer the next hundred years.
Joseph Harroz, Jr.