Each year, OCU Law awards more than one million dollars in scholarships to admitted students. All applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships. No separate application is required.
While most awards are based on academic excellence and a strong LSAT performance, additional factors such as leadership, service, diversity, work experience, and financial need are considered.
Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship
We are one of only two law schools in the country to offer the prestigious Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship, awarded to high-achieving students who have a demonstrable commitment to leadership and service. The scholarship includes full tuition, full fees, and a stipend for book and living expenses.
To receive consideration, students must be admitted to the law school and should complete and submit the separate Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship application by February 15th.
Finalists for this scholarship will be invited to the law school to interview with the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Board of Trustees in March.
Applicants must be a resident, student, or graduate of a college or university in one of the following states: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, Nebraska, or New Mexico.
Selection Criteria And Process
Selection is based on academic proficiency, extracurricular achievement, and a demonstrated capacity for public service. All applications are welcome and will be reviewed in February by members of the administration and faculty. Approximately twenty applicants are selected for interviews with Trustees of the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation in March.
An applicant must be admitted to the law school and
- Complete a Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship application;
- Draft the required essay; and
- Submit three letters of recommendation.
Letters submitted to LSAC may be used for the scholarship application, or letters may be sent directly to the law school Admissions Office.
Hatton W. Sumners Scholarships are renewable awards. Recipients of these awards must be enrolled in the full-time program and maintain a cumulative GPA average in the top one-third of their class.
The Dean’s Scholarship provides full tuition and fees to select incoming students who have demonstrated academic excellence, achieved a strong LSAT performance, and have a record of leadership and community service.
Recipients of this scholarship must have a minimum LSAT score of 160 and a 3.5 cumulative undergraduate grade point average. This scholarship is renewable throughout a recipient’s time in law school so long as the recipient remains in academic and disciplinary good standing with a law school GPA of 2.0 or above.
Full-Time and Part-Time Merit Scholarships
Merit Scholarships provide financial assistance to incoming, enrolled law students who have demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level with a strong performance on the LSAT. These scholarships are renewable throughout a recipient’s time in law school so long as the recipient remains in academic and disciplinary good standing with a law school GPA of 2.0 or above.
Transfer applicants from ABA-accredited law schools who are in the top ten percent of their class are eligible for up to $10,000 in scholarship awards. All transfer applicants are automatically considered for the scholarship.
The American Bar Association Legal Scholarship Fund
The American Bar Association awards $5,000 annually to recipients attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school.
The American Indian Graduate Center
The American Indian Graduate Center provides financial support to American Indians and Alaskan Natives seeking higher education, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.