General J.D. Application Instructions
Admission to OU Law’s J.D. program is highly selective. We consider many factors in our decision-making process, including your LSAT scores, personal statement, and letters of recommendation.
To be considered for admission to the OU Law Juris Doctor program, applicants must:
Application packages must include:
*The most useful recommendation letters are those individuals who have had substantial opportunities to observe the applicant’s motivation, character, academic ability, and other qualitative variables. Applicants who have been away from college for a considerable time may wish to furnish recommendations from employers or others with whom they have had recent contact.
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International applicants may have additional application requirements, in addition to the requirements noted below. Click here for information.
International students must be proficient in the English language. International students whose primary language is not English must submit satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam (TOEFL). The preferred TOEFL score is 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.
International applicants must provide documentation of residency. If the applicant has a passport, he or she must submit a clear copy of the biographic page and expiration date. If dependents will accompany the applicant to OU, clear copies of the dependents’ passport biographic pages and expiration dates must also be provided, along with marriage and birth certificate(s), as applicable, to verify family relationships. If the applicant is currently residing in the U.S., a copy of the page from his or her passport showing a current U.S. visa must be submitted.
Financial Support Documentation
International students must submit financial documentation to verify their financial resources, such as a bank statement(s) less than 90 days old showing the total amount of financial support available. If the bank account is not in the student’s name, include a letter from the account holder verifying that he or she will be supporting the student. If the bank statement does not show the money in U.S. dollars, please include a conversion of the balance in U.S. dollars. If the student is being supported by a government, business or organization, the student must provide a letter less than 90 days old stating the U.S. dollar amount of support.
OU Law keeps applications on file for two years. An applicant who has applied to OU Law in a prior year may reapply by submitting a new application and fee. Inclusion of additional evidence of academic ability is suggested.
Applicants are encouraged to visit OU Law. To arrange a meeting, call the admissions office at (405) 325-8521.
Applicants are classified as resident or nonresident for admission and tuition purposes, based on information provided on the application for admission. Applicants may be required to submit evidence to substantiate their claim to resident classification. A uniform policy concerning resident status exists for all state-supported institutions of higher education in Oklahoma.
If an applicant has questions regarding resident classification or would like to request a copy of the policy statement, he or she may contact the Office of Admissions, The University of Oklahoma, 1000 Asp Avenue, Norman, Oklahoma, 73019-0430 or by phone at (405) 325-2251.
Admission to OU Law is highly competitive, and many factors are considered in the selection process. In addition to giving considerable weight to LSAT scores and undergraduate GPA, the Admissions Committee also examines more personal variables of motivation, character and capability. Insight into these variables can be derived from a careful examination of the resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and other contents in the file.
The Admissions Committee believes that a diverse student body enriches the learning environment for all and, therefore, considers a wide range of subjective factors as part of its admission decisions. These include cultural, economic and educational background, grade trends, extracurricular and community activities, work experience, military achievements, graduate studies and adjustment to personal difficulties.