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Oklahoma City University School of Law

The OCU LAW experience goes well beyond the classroom setting. OCU LAW's specialized centers provide opportunities to explore a wide range of interests and to hone your legal and research writing skills. Look through this section to find out more about our centers and programs - ranging from the exciting and emerging field of alternative dispute resolution to our prominent Native American Legal Resource Center to our groundbreaking Certificate in American Law Program (which brings lawyers and students from Tianjin, China to Oklahoma each year). And learn more about our innovative clinical programs designed to provide students with real-world experience involving real cases.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 539
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 147 - 153
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.89 - 3.49
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 86.89%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 83.0%
Tuition $34,290

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About Oklahoma City University School of Law

The OCU LAW experience goes well beyond the classroom setting. OCU LAW's specialized centers provide opportunities to explore a wide range of interests and to hone your legal and research writing skills. Look through this section to find out more about our centers and programs - ranging from the exciting and emerging field of alternative dispute resolution to our prominent Native American Legal Resource Center to our groundbreaking Certificate in American Law Program (which brings lawyers and students from Tianjin, China to Oklahoma each year). And learn more about our innovative clinical programs designed to provide students with real-world experience involving real cases.

Reviews

Students are held to high standards at Oklahoma City University School of Law. At this private college, professors “really make you work for your grade,” and the school’s tough curve inspires “students who have a strong work ethic to compete with each other” for the top spots. Despite the challenges, it is difficult to get lost in the lecture hall at OCU. “Professors and administrators alike know students’ names outside of the classroom,” and “smaller class sizes” ensure the opportunity “to get more individualized attention if need be from professors.” A 1L enthuses, “I have a personal relationship with all my teachers, and they know me by name. That's an incredible feeling, especially when the material is hard.” Outside the classroom, there are numerous ways for students to get extra help with the material, and “Oklahoma City University’s staff is devoted to making the students that pass through the halls of this school successful.” For example, the com­prehensive Study for Success program offers a series of seminars and special workshops designed to help 1Ls adjust to law school. In this and other ways, students say they get a great return on investment. Yes, OCU is “expensive,” but “the administration really goes out of the way to make sure you are getting what you pay for.” A current student attests, “I cannot recall hearing ‘there is no budget for that.’ In fact I have watched complaints by a vocal minority answered with drastic action when the complaint was reasonable.”Students praise the academic experience at OCU, especially its “smart and talented” instructors. Bringing real-world knowledge to the classroom, “Professors are not only brilliant scholars but are also experienced attorneys in their respective fields.” In addi­tion to the broad core curriculum, “Oklahoma City University places special emphasis on legal research and writing skills.” Students agree that the writing component is key to their education, but also “one of the most challenging aspects of the 1L year.” Among other unique curricular and extracurricular offerings, the school’s American Indian Wills Clinic, Immigration Law Clinic, and Innocence Clinic allow students to work directly with clients, under the supervision of a faculty member. In fact, OCU is “the top in the state, and one of the leading schools in the country for Native American law.” OCU students can also gain course credit for externships at Oklahoma government agencies, state and federal courts, and in corporate counsel offices. Another feather in the school’s cap includes the fact that OCU “has the highest bar pass rate in the state.” Rather than expecting students to prepare on their own time, the school “takes bar prep very seri­ously, offering free bar prep classes weekly during the final year of school.” When it comes time to take their education out into the real world, OCU’s “Alumni network is extensive and encouraging,” with former students living across the United States, as well as internationally. OCU has a “solid employment record,” but students say they would benefit from “more internship opportunities and more networking opportu­nities” during the program. While they tend to place well in Oklahoma City, students are eager to point out that, “a law degree from OCU could easily take you anywhere in the country or even internationally.” For that reason, many say the school’s most important goal is “getting its name out beyond just the local region.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 171

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA; 4 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 57
Full-Time Faculty 31
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 4
Part-Time Faculty 22
Faculty Gender 59% Male
40% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 18 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 57% Male
42% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 76%
Multi-racial 6%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 5%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $34,290 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,200 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $43,490 $34,290

Financial Aid

91% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$39,404 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 26

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

Oklahoma City University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 147 - 153
LSAT Part-Time 147 - 153
LSAT Total 147 - 153

Oklahoma City University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.87 - 3.49
Part-Time 3.1 - 3.56
Total 2.89 - 3.49

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Resume, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Interview, Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#228 National Universities High School Counselor Rankings

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 83%
First Time Pass Rate 87%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 88%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 25
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 83%
Average Starting Salary $55,014
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 57 35%
Firm Sized 11-25 12 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 2 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 3%
Business Industry 45 28%
Government 19 12%
Public Interest 6 4%
State Clerkship 1 1%
Academia 3 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 25 12%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
MO 5%
TX 9%
OK 74%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Oklahoma City University School of Law include:

  • Marian P. Opala - Justice, Oklahoma Supreme Court
  • Mickey Edwards - Lecturer, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton Univers
  • Nona Lee - VP and General Counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Andrew Benton - President, Pepperdine University
  • Reta Strubhar - First Woman on Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals

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