Top 10 Reasons to Attend OCU Law

  1. Employment Rate

Our employment rate for our graduates has been listed in the top 25% of all law schools nationwide in recent years.  Most graduates enter private practice, followed by government and military, then business and industry. Graduates work in firms that range in size from two to over five hundred attorneys, while others clerk for federal judges or pursue an advanced law degree. Graduates find jobs locally, across the country, and around the world. Oklahoma City University School of Law is located in the heart of Oklahoma City, and students are able to walk to many externship and employment sites. Our location is easily accessible to law firms and lawyers, the judiciary, and the business, governmental, and non-profit communities.

  1. Flexible Schedules

We offer four scheduling options to fit your needs. We offer both full-time and part-time schedules during the day or evening. If you work full time, the sunset schedule would be a great option. A part-time student can complete the J.D. program in four years, or three and a half years with summer classes, while a full-time course load usually takes three years to complete.

Students may begin their legal education with either a May or August start.

  1. Pro Bono Opportunities

Pro bono opportunities abound in the heart of the city and with our proximity to the courthouses and non-profit agencies.  Our students regularly provide over 10,000 hours a year of pro bono service to community members, volunteering at placement sites such as the Pro Se Waiver Divorce Docket at the county courthouse, Palomar Family Justice Center for domestic violence victims and their families, Legal Aid Services, and Oklahoma Lawyers for Children.  The Public Interest Law Group, Poverty Law Student Association, and Native American Law Students Association sponsor activities such as the Week of Service and annual Spring Break Native American Wills Trip.

  1. Externships

We offer over 80 externship placement sites, many of which are within walking distance of the law school. Placement sites include the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office, Oklahoma County Public Defender’s Office, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Governor’s Office and many state agencies,  the Department of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, United States Attorneys’ Offices, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, federal and state judges’ chambers, banks, hospitals, corporations, and tribal courts.

Externships provide students the opportunity to gain firsthand legal experience and give them a chance to work with and shadow Oklahoma’s most prominent attorneys and judges.

  1. 24/7 Library and Building Access

We offer building access to students around the clock.  With twenty-four- hour access to the building and library, students appreciate the ability to study in a safe, secure environment and on their own schedules. During orientation, students are given key fobs that allow access to the building before and after public hours. The library also utilizes a self-check function allowing students to check out books any time. Access to the building is just one more way we provide opportunities for all students regardless of learning style or schedule.  Students appreciate the flexibility not only in class schedules but also in study times and spaces.

  1. Clinics

We provide a world-class education not only in the classroom but with actual clients with real legal needs. Under the guidance of a faculty member, clinical education provides a unique real-world learning experience for law students. Here, students make the transition from legal theory to legal practice while providing free legal services to members of the local community.

Students in the American Indian Wills Clinic provide tribal members who own trust or restricted property with wills and basic estate planning services. Students are responsible for fact gathering, legal research, and document drafting.

The Oklahoma Innocence Clinic is the first and only one of its kind in the state of Oklahoma. Students in the clinic help identify and rectify inmates’ cases with a viable claim of wrongful conviction. Students may draft pleadings, motions, and briefs; travel the state to conduct investigations; and, under the supervision of a lawyer, appear in court for innocent persons who have been wrongfully convicted.

The Norick Municipal Law Research Clinic allows students to explore the many legal issues handled by the City of Oklahoma City’s Municipal Counselor’s Office. Students are assigned to research issues in a variety of areas including labor and employment, land use, trusts, utilities, and finance. Students have a hand in shaping the future of our dynamic city.

  1. Certificate Programs

Our students are given the opportunity to pursue a certificate in an area of law of particular interest to them. Our certificate programs allow students to refine their knowledge and gain extra skills and experience within their chosen field of legal studies. Once a student chooses a program of interest, the student is required to select certain classes from a menu of courses in that area of law, write a paper on an issue in that area of law, and complete an externship at a placement site involved with that area of law. Upon graduation, the student will be given a certificate which can be presented to future employers.

Certificate programs allow students to graduate with a more complete understanding of the work they intend to enter after graduation. Certificate programs also give students a competitive edge by shaping them into stronger candidates when seeking employment and by making them stronger employees upon entering their first day of work.

Certificate programs offered at the Oklahoma City University School of Law are:

  • American Indian Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Energy Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Health Law
  • Homeland Security
  • Public Law
  • Real Estate Law Practice
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates (Certificate in Estate Planning)
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates (Certificate in Wills and Trusts)
  1. Paired Degrees

We offer three joint or paired degree programs.  The JD/MBA, the JD/MA in Applied Sociology, Non-Profit Leadership, and the JD/MPA.  Students may complete both degrees in less time – often not much longer than it takes to complete a JD degree. Students complete the first full year of law classes and then add masters level courses during their second and third years of law school. Students take eighty-four JD hours rather than the regularly required ninety hours and twenty-six to thirty masters level hours rather than the regularly required thirty to thirty-six hours.

  1. Advanced Library Training in Legal Technology

The Chickasaw Nation Law Library and its staff of law librarians offer advanced training in many areas of legal research and the use of technology. Students may opt to complete the Legal Research Award, which supplements the research instruction provided in Legal Research and Writing courses and provides additional training in legal research skills using unique and specialized databases.

  1. Access to the Legal Profession in OKC

Our location within the heart of Oklahoma City puts us within minutes of the State Capitol; governmental agencies; downtown law firms; energy companies; regulatory entities; and the state, federal, and municipal courthouses, making employment, externship, and volunteer opportunities readily available.  Networking opportunities don’t end there, though, because with alumni in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and six countries, students have connections outside of Oklahoma before even graduating.

          

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