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OU Law Offers New Master of Legal Studies Degree Online and On Campus

NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma College of Law recently opened enrollment for its new Master of Legal Studies program with classes beginning this fall. The program gives students the opportunity to specialize in one of two areas: Indigenous Peoples Law, offered online, and Energy and Natural Resources Law, offered on campus.

“The Master of Legal Studies Program extends OU Law’s rich history and international expertise in the areas of Indigenous Peoples Law and Energy and Natural Resources Law,” OU Law Dean Joe Harroz said. “This degree gives students a competitive edge in the marketplace by allowing them to concentrate their studies in one of two areas central to Oklahoma, our national economy and the inherent broader policy conversations.”

The Master of Legal Studies program is for both lawyers and non-lawyers seeking legal knowledge in Indigenous Peoples Law or Energy and Natural Resources Law. The master’s degree benefits those working with tribes, energy companies or natural resources organizations who require a working knowledge of legal issues but not a license to practice law.

To qualify for admission to the Master of Legal Studies program, applicants must have earned their bachelor’s degree prior to the first day of class and have strong letters of recommendation, as well as leadership potential. The Master of Legal Studies Admissions Committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until the start of classes. However, applicants are urged to submit their application and supporting documents online as soon as possible to receive priority review for August enrollment. 

The program has received American Bar Association acquiescence, and is pending State Regent approval. For more information on the Master of Legal Studies programs and to apply, visit http://www.law.ou.edu/mls

About University of Oklahoma College of Law
Founded in 1909, the University of Oklahoma College of Law is Oklahoma’s premier law school and the highest ranked “Best Law School” in the state by US News & World Report. OU Law is also nationally ranked as a top 15 “Best Value” law school and in the top 15 percent of “Best Law Schools” by National Jurist magazine. OU Law has small sections and class sizes that encourage a strong sense of community, accomplished faculty with international expertise and a state-of-the-art facility featuring study rooms, court rooms and classrooms equipped with the latest technology. As Oklahoma’s only public law school, OU Law is currently the academic home of more than 500 students enrolled in the Juris Doctor, Master of Laws and various dual degree programs.

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