Policies & Procedures

Admissions Policy

We use a rolling admission review process.  We review applications from September 15th until July 31st of each year. Read our Admissions Policy.

Admissions Procedures

Application

To apply for admission to Oklahoma City University School of Law, an applicant must complete an Application for Admission through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). The application must be accompanied by a $50.00 nonrefundable application fee. Fee waivers are available to qualified candidates by contacting our admissions department.

Oklahoma City University School of Law reviews applications on a rolling basis, beginning in September each year. The application review process begins as soon as the application is released in September and continues through July. The deadline for submission of a completed application is July 31st. We do not have an early decision deadline. The deadline for students transferring in the fall is July 1st and for transferring in the spring is December 1st.

Oklahoma City University School of Law only accepts applications submitted via LSAC. Applications are reviewed once an applicant’s file is complete. Admissions decisions are typically made between two to three weeks after an applicant’s file is complete.

Applicants must visit LSAC.org and create an account with LSAC. Applicants should follow the links there to retrieve Oklahoma City University School of Law’s application from the list of all ABA-accredited law schools. Applicants may attach supplemental documents to the LSAC application. If an applicant needs to submit additional electronic documentation after submitting an application, one may do so by e-mailing here. For questions or problems with an account, please contact LSAC via e-mail at LSACinfo@LSAC.org or call 215.968.1001.

LSAT

Applicants seeking admission to Oklahoma City University School of Law must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Applicants should contact LSAC at Law School Admission Council, Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18940-0998, telephone number 215.968.1001 or visit their website at LSAC.org to obtain a registration packet. Applicants must take the exam no later than June of the year for which the applicant is seeking admission.

Official Transcripts

Applicants must request that an official transcript from each undergraduate, graduate, and professional school the applicant attended be sent directly to LSAC from the school. All candidates must have been awarded a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year institution prior to enrollment at Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Prior to matriculation, admitted students must request that their undergraduate school submit to Oklahoma City University School of Law, Office of the Law Registrar no later than October 10 or the next business day thereafter, a final official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree. For an admitted student who has successfully completed an approved 3+3 program, the final official transcript must show completion of the required number of credit-hours for participation in the 3+3 program. For a transfer student, the final official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree and a final official transcript showing the work completed at the law school from which a student is transferring must be sent.

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to submit a personal statement of no more than four, double-spaced pages. The statement is an opportunity for the applicant to introduce the applicant to the Admissions Committee and should include information about the applicant’s personal and career ambitions and the reasons for wanting to attend law school.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required but applicants may provide additional letters of recommendation. Applicants should include no more than four letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to seek out references from professors, work colleagues or supervisors who have personal knowledge of the applicant’s academic or work performance and can speak to the applicant’s potential to succeed in law school. A signature is required on all letters of recommendation submitted, preferably on letterhead. Letters from family members are not accepted. Letters must be dated within one year prior to submission of the application.

The LSAC Recommender Service is included in the CAS registration. Letters submitted on the applicant’s behalf are included with the LSAC Report. To use this service, applicants should follow the directions outlined on LSAC’s website.

Resume

Each applicant must submit a professional resume containing information about academic awards and honors, degrees, extracurricular activities, work experience and history, and leadership positions. Applicants are encouraged to focus on activities in their undergraduate years and thereafter.

Factors Considered in the Admissions Process

Each year, many highly qualified college students and graduates apply for a seat in the first-year J.D. class. The admissions process aims to select from the applicant pool an entering class of students who will contribute to the mission of Oklahoma City University School of Law initially and later to the national and global legal community. The objective indicators of success presented by each applicant, including undergraduate cumulative grade point average and LSAT score, are important factors in the selection process. However, no one is admitted or denied admission solely on the basis of any purely numerical indicator. Rather, all of the information in each application file is reviewed personally by the Associate Dean of Admissions and/or the Faculty Admissions Committee. The faculty has delegated authority to the Associate Dean to make favorable admissions decisions to applicants who meet a minimum level of qualification and whose files do not present character or fitness or other unusual issues.

Associate Dean of Admissions and Faculty Admissions Committee review involves assessment of an applicant’s personal characteristics, achievements, letters of recommendation, work experience, community service, undergraduate and any graduate study, personal qualities, writing ability as illustrated in the personal statement and LSAT writing sample, and life experiences including hardships or difficulties overcome. The Associate Dean of Admissions and Faculty Admissions Committee members review every transcript and take into consideration factors that may have had an impact on an applicant’s grade point average and will also consider trends in applicants’ grades and the rigor of the courses undertaken. Diversity, in its broadest sense, also figures in this assessment.

Every application is evaluated individually in an effort to meet the goal of admitting a class of able and talented students. The Faculty Admissions Committee’s decision on an application is final.

Scholarships

After a student is admitted, the student is considered for a scholarship based upon a grid established by the Dean and the Associate Dean of Admissions. Hatton Sumners Scholarship recipients are chosen by the trustees of the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

Interviews

Interviews are not required for admission consideration. Oklahoma City University School of Law encourages applicants to visit our community. Individual appointments and group informational sessions are scheduled throughout the year. Applicants may schedule a visit by contacting the Admissions Office by email or (405) 208-5354.

Rescinding Offer of Admission

Failure to meet the seat deposit deadline can result in the rescinding of an offer of admissions by the law school. Additionally, the law school reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission if: 1) the applicant fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress, 2) final transcripts fail to show completion of courses or degrees required for matriculation, 3) incomplete or inaccurate information was submitted by the applicant, 4) personal or professional conduct issues arise that bring into question the fitness of the applicant for legal study or membership in the bar.

Legal Method Program

The Law School has a preparatory program for students who have been admitted but whose applications indicate some risk for academic success in addition to factors demonstrating a likelihood of success in law school, on the bar exam, and in practice. Risk factors include entering credentials that may be at or below the previous year’s 25th percentile for LSAT score and undergraduate GPA. Participation in the program is by invitation only. Students in the program take a two-credit-hour course, in which they learn fundamental skills such as case analysis, case briefing, rule synthesis, and statutory interpretation. Each section is taught by a full-time faculty member, and the students have multiple opportunities for graded work, personal feedback, and take a final examination in the course. Students must pass the course with a 2.0 GPA (good standing) or better to matriculate in the fall. Students finishing the course in the top 25% of the class may be awarded an annual scholarship.

International Candidates

Foreign transcripts must be submitted to the Credential Assembly Service of the Law School Admission Council for transcript authentication and evaluation. The Credential Assembly Service of the Law School Admission Council is located at http://www.lsac.org/jd/applying-to-law-school/cas.

Candidates for whom English is not their first language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Information on the TOEFL may be found at www.ets.org/toefl. Scores must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Candidates who receive a 150 LSAT score or better may request a waiver of the TOEFL examination from the Office of Admissions.

J.D. for foreign lawyers: J.D. with advanced standing

Oklahoma City University School of Law offers the possibility of advanced standing for students who already hold a first degree in law from a country outside the United States. The J.D. with advanced standing program permits students to obtain credit for legal studies they have done elsewhere in the world. Students may receive up to 30 hours of credit towards the J.D. for prior legal studies in another country. The total amount of credit towards the J.D. is assessed on an individual basis.

Additional information on foreign lawyers requesting advanced standing is available by contacting the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Transfer Students

Students may apply for transfer to Oklahoma City University School of Law if they are in good standing at their current institutions. Transfer credit will not be awarded for ungraded courses or any course in which a student receives a letter grade less than a C. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will determine the number of transfer hours to be credited to the degree and may establish a time for completion of degree requirements.

Seat Deposit

In order to secure a seat in the incoming class, admitted students must pay a $500.00 non-refundable seat deposit fee by the date indicated in the offer of admission. The seat deposit is applied toward a new student’s fall tuition. Failure to pay the seat deposit by the deadline could result in forfeiture of the applicant’s seat in the fall class.

Character and Fitness Requirements for Bar Admission

Students who intend to practice law should be aware that admission to the bar in all states involves character, fitness and other qualifications. Before applying for admission to law school, applicants are advised to investigate the requirements for admission to the practice of law in any jurisdiction in which they intend to practice. Some state bars may require registration at the time of entry into law school. An applicant’s ability to be admitted to the practice of law, even after successful completion of legal studies and graduation from law school, may be severely limited if the applicant has had any legal or disciplinary issue. Students are encouraged to determine the requirements for the state(s) in which they intend to practice by consulting the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners at http://www.ncbex.org/.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Nondiscrimination Policy prohibits discrimination in the University community, including students, faculty, staff, guests, and visitors. Acts of discrimination, including harassment based on a protected category, may limit, deprive, or deny educational/employment access, benefits, and opportunities. This policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, disability, domestic violence victim status, veteran or military status, and other protected categories under federal law. For a complete list of prohibited forms of discrimination, definitions, and examples, please visit University Policies – Oklahoma City University to access the Nondiscrimination Policy.

The University’s Compliance Coordinator, Ms. Joey Croslin, oversees prevention and response programs addressing discrimination in our community. To make a report, ask questions, or learn more, please contact Ms. Croslin at (405) 208-5075 or by email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept the GRE?

We do not accept the GRE at this time.

Who should write my reference letters?

Professors, coaches, work supervisors, or work colleagues who have personal knowledge of the applicant’s academic abilities, work performance, and work ethic, and who can speak to the applicant’s potential for success in law school. OCU Law does not accept Letters of Recommendation from family members or letters dated more than a year prior to the date of application.

What should I write about in my personal statement?

The statement is an opportunity for the applicant to introduce the applicant to the Faculty Admissions Committee and should include information about the applicant’s personal and career ambitions and the reasons for wanting to attend law school.

What is taken into account for law school admission and scholarship consideration?

Factors taken into account include, but are not limited to, an applicant’s record of academic success, including undergraduate GPA, major, and the rigor of the major; highest LSAT score; extracurricular activities; leadership activities; diversity, including racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity; first-generation college and graduate school status.

When should I apply to law school?

We suggest that applicants apply by February 15 to be considered for all scholarships and for enrollment in the Summer Start or Legal Method programs. Applications for either of these programs will be considered until the programs are full and/or classes for the programs begin.

What qualifications do I need to be admitted to the Bar in another state?

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction.  Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through The National Conference of Bar Examiners.

How do I check my application status?

Check your status online here.

How will I be notified of a decision?

Admissions decisions are typically made within two to four weeks after we receive an applicant’s completed file. Admitted students are formally notified by U.S. Mail, which will include a form to reserve your seat in the class and accept any awarded scholarship.

What if my application is denied?

All decisions of the Admissions Committee are final. Applicants denied admissions may reapply the following year.