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University of Oklahoma College of Law

To qualify for the juris doctor degree, a student must: 1. Successfully complete all required courses 2. Successfully complete one rigorous writing course during the second or third year of law study under the direct supervision of a faculty member 3. Successfully complete additional work sufficient to total 90 semester hours 4. Attain a cumulative grade point average of at least a 4.00 (C minus) in all work taken in the College of Law and a grade of C on all work taken at other approved law schools 5. Complete the last academic year (30 hours) in residence in the College of Law 6. Complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment 7. File an official Application for Graduation. The student is responsible for ascertaining whether these requirements are fulfilled.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 505
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 155 - 161
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.1 - 3.58
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 88.73%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 89.0%
In State Tuition $19,763
Out of State Tuition $30,188

Overview

Overview

About University of Oklahoma College of Law

To qualify for the juris doctor degree, a student must: 1. Successfully complete all required courses 2. Successfully complete one rigorous writing course during the second or third year of law study under the direct supervision of a faculty member 3. Successfully complete additional work sufficient to total 90 semester hours 4. Attain a cumulative grade point average of at least a 4.00 (C minus) in all work taken in the College of Law and a grade of C on all work taken at other approved law schools 5. Complete the last academic year (30 hours) in residence in the College of Law 6. Complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment 7. File an official Application for Graduation. The student is responsible for ascertaining whether these requirements are fulfilled.

Reviews

It is a “pleasure to attend” the University of Oklahoma College of Law, an affordable, forward-thinking, and thoroughly student-friendly institution, located on a “gorgeous” campus in Norman. While the school has established a strong reputation locally, “OU Law is constantly improving,” overseen by an administration that is “extremely committed to raising the profile of OU Law through fundraising, community outreach, and increased academic opportunity.” Of particular note, the program dean and the dean of students “have brought fresh, new ideas and programs to the student body, faculty, and staff,” which have created “a buzz about what is to come for the law school.” As the program evolves, students feel their voices are heard. “The administration at OU Law is keyed into the students’ perspective in a unique way. The dean often mingles with students in the common areas and it is easy to get a meeting with any administration official.” The University of Oklahoma JD begins with a core curriculum in legal fundamentals, including a strong “focus in [the] 1L year on research and writing.” Thereafter, students can tailor their legal education through elective courses. In addition to the school’s excel­lence in Native American law, “Our world leadership in the area of oil and gas law makes OU stand out among so many law schools.” A current students adds, “As energy becomes more and more important to this state and this nation, OU will continue to be more important in training future professionals in the energy industry.” For those who don’t want to practice in the oil and gas industry, the school also has “a genuine and earnest commitment to public service, and the cost of attendance allows students to pursue that kind of work after graduating without having to harvest organs on the side.” On that note, it’s worth looking into the school’s strengths and weaknesses before enroll­ing. “Certain academic areas are well developed (e.g. torts and litigation skills) while others are fairly marginal (e.g. environmental law).” In addition to coursework, students can take advantage of “multiple international summer programs, legal clinics, as well as research positions with professors.” It is also worth noting that the school’s “externship programs in the area of American Indian Law and International Human Rights law are among the best in the country.Combining an intimate academic environment with an attractive in-state price tag, “University of Oklahoma is a great place to go if you’re looking for affordable legal education with all of the upside of a top-tier institution.” Experts in their fields, OU’s “professors come from a variety of different backgrounds and many are very animated, making classes more interesting.” Thanks to the school’s low enrollment, “the quality of professors, coupled with the small class sizes, facilitates unmatched educational oppor­tunities.” While academics are “rigorous,” OU understands that law school doesn’t have to be unpleasant. Unique for a public school, “OU places a great deal of emphasis on serving student needs,” and throughout the program, “faculty and staff and students work together to help everyone succeed and have a positive experience.” Students are treated as adults, and academic policies are reasonable, rather than punitive. For exam­ple, one OU “professor teaches three sections of the same class because he enjoys it so much and allows students to sit in on other sections in case they can’t make it to their own class. This gives us the opportunity to handle life as it comes, and doesn’t punish us for missing class due to uncontrollable circumstances.” Adding to the overall good vibes, the law school building is “state-of-the-art, with technology in almost every classroom, making learning more interactive.” Without batting an eyelash, OU students explain the “facilities are some of the best in the nation,” which include “breathtaking” courtrooms for trial practice and a library boasting “a vast array of resources and very knowledge­able staff.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 186

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 JD/MPH - 4 years JD/Generic Dual Degree - 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 57
Full-Time Faculty 38
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 5
Part-Time Faculty 14
Faculty Gender 66% Male
33% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 55% Male
45% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 76%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 1%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Ethnicity Unknown 4%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 8%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $19,763 Same as On-Campus
Housing $18,208 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $37,971 $19,763

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $30,188 Same as On-Campus
Housing $18,208 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $48,396 $30,188

Financial Aid

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

$20,500 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

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

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 155 - 161
LSAT Total 155 - 161

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.1 - 3.58
Total 3.1 - 3.58

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

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

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#4 Best Quality of Life

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 89%
First Time Pass Rate 89%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 88%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 130
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 89%
Average Starting Salary $50,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 51 31%
Firm Sized 11-25 17 10%
Firm Sized 26-50 8 10%
Firm Sized 51-100 4 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 4 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 2 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 3 2%
Business Industry 37 22%
Government 23 14%
Public Interest 8 5%
Federal Clerkship 4 2%
State Clerkship 1 1%
Academia 4 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 5 3%
Unemployed, Seeking 12 6%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CO 2%
TX 15%
OK 77%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Oklahoma College of Law include:

  • Greg Julian - VP-Legal Division, MGM Studios, Inc.
  • Robert Henry - Judge, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Jerry Stritzke - COO & President of Coach
  • David L. Boren - Pres. of OU (Former U. S. Senator)
  • Frank Keating - Former Gov. of Oklahoma

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