Meet the Class OF 2015



Randi Hardin

Moore, Oklahoma

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Moore, Oklahoma.

2. Where did you attend undergrad?

I first attended Cornell University before transferring to the University of Oklahoma halfway through my sophomore year.

3. What degree(s) have you earned?

I have a Bachelor's of Arts in Native American Studies with a minor in Anthropology.

4. Why did you choose to attend OU Law?

OU offers a joint program where I can get my Master's in Native American Studies and my JD at the same time. I was accepted into the Master's program starting this spring semester (2012) and applied to OU Law because of this program. I am thrilled to have been admitted, and now I will be pursuing both degrees concurrently. Because I had already been admitted to my master's program, OU was the only law school to which I considered applying. If I wasn't accepted, the plan was to finish my master's degree first and then reapply to OU Law and consider applying to other law schools as well, but luckily I get the opportunity to attend my school of choice!

5. What is your favorite thing about OU?

OU feels like home. I love the sense of belonging I have here at OU and how when I went to visit the law school, I immediately felt the same sense of belonging there as I do on main campus. Everyone is so friendly, and the atmosphere of the school is just awesome. It doesn't hurt either that the school itself is one of the best schools to study Native American Law, which is what I am interested in!

6. What (or who) inspired you to pursue a legal education?

My grandmother is a huge inspiration for me in pursuing my education. She has always believed in me and supported me throughout my collegiate career, and she herself completed her bachelor's and master's degrees with four small children at home when she and my grandfather were in college. Anytime I feel overwhelmed, I just think about what she accomplished, and it motivates me to keep going! As far as pursuing a legal education directly, I didn't originally plan on going to law school. I went through my undergrad without ever thinking about it and graduated knowing I always wanted to continue my education, but I wasn't sure about how to do so or what field to study in. I came to the realization last year that to accomplish what I want to in life, I needed more education, and that law school fit what I really wanted to study. My goal is to work with tribal governments in protecting their sovereign rights, and I would also like to have an influence on federal policy in this field. In order to make an impact in this area, I need to have the right tools. After looking into it, I realized that I can study what I'm interested in, learn how to fight for what I believe in and eventually have a great career doing what I like to do. It really is a great fit.

7. What is an interesting fact about you?

I am the granddaughter of former Choctaw Principal Chief David Gardner.