Jeri Mills Scholarship Story
Growing up, I always dreamed of attending law school and one day becoming an attorney. Upon graduating from college, I worked at a small law firm in Dallas for two years. During those two years, my experience helped solidify my passion, and I decided it was time to chase my dream and become the attorney instead of working for one. Juggling work and studying for the LSAT was not an easy task, but I knew the hard work would pay off.
After taking the LSAT twice, I applied to several law schools in Texas and Oklahoma. Growing up in Austin, Texas, I never imagined that I would become an Oklahoma resident. But I chose to attend OCU Law over other schools because of the generous scholarship that was offered to me. It was hard to step away from a paycheck to continue my education, but looking back now, I wouldn’t change a thing, and that is all thanks to OCU Law.
My first trip to Oklahoma City was the day I moved here, just one week before classes began. After a long day of moving, my parents and I drove downtown to check out the school I had essentially blindly committed to. Although my decision to attend OCU Law was somewhat spontaneous, it was immediately affirmed when I first saw the OCU Law building.
OCU Law is located in a beautiful, historic building in the heart of Oklahoma City. Not to mention, the school is within walking distance from the county and federal courthouses. OCU Law is also located close to a variety of fun restaurants and one of Oklahoma City’s best social scenes. These amenities provide a nice getaway for students on the occasional and rare study break.
More importantly, what’s inside the OCU Law building has allowed me to focus and concentrate on my studies. The law school relocated from OCU’s main campus to the current downtown location in 2015. Because the building is isolated from the main campus, it is quiet and occupied by only faculty, staff, and fellow law students. On each of the five floors, there are places for both group and individual study. The building is accessible to students 24/7, so naturally OCU Law has become my second home.
In addition to the ideal location and features of the building, the faculty and staff at OCU Law are genuinely invested and care about the future of each student. From my professors to the staff at the career center and library, I received guidance and support that truly helped me survive my 1L year.
When I accepted the scholarship from OCU Law, I thought I was just receiving a bargain on the expensive law school price tag. What I did not realize was that I was joining something even greater—a program over 100 years old in the midst of rebranding. Although already established, OCU Law strives to provide an even better experience for its students. The new building and recent implementation of bar prep resources are just a few examples of how OCU is enacting meaningful changes to its program. These recent changes will further strengthen the education and experience offered at OCU Law, and I am excited to be a part of the process.
OCU Law gives students and alumni a school to be proud of. The scholarship at OCU opened the doors of countless opportunities for me and turned my dream into a reality, and I am thankful that I was invited to join such a remarkable group and program. Although I never imagined leaving Texas, the scholarship opportunity led me right where I needed to be—OCU Law.
Jeri Mills, Class of 2020
Cameron Farnsworth Scholarship Story
As I head into my 3L year, it’s dawned on me that while law school is a metaphorical marathon, the 1L year is more of a boxing match. Let me explain:
I like the metaphorical venue of a boxing ring, because frankly, it seems you are fighting for your life during your first year. The opponent stands firm, tall, and insurmountable. At the beginning of the match, confidence quickly wanes. You take a swing and miss the opponent entirely. The opponent reacts with a blow to your side. You suddenly realize you’re on the ground. The opponent smirks and then is shocked that you get back up on your feet. You swing and miss again. You dance around the ring to find your bearings.
Then it happens – you step and swing with a hook, and actually land the punch! The opponent is against the ropes and you don’t let up now. You hit the opponent with a jab-hook combo. The opponent falls and the bell rings. The first round is over. Not only did you go on offense, but you are in the lead. The crowd is cheering in approval. You’ve proven yourself in this fight.
The 1L year is tough. The highs are high but the lows are low. Everyone has a different struggle as a 1L but one thing is certain, rewards come to those who prove their moxie. Personal challenges my family and I faced during my first year even caused me to consider moving home, where we would have had the support of extended family.
But with the generous support of School of Law alumna Ruth Ruhl, I will finish law school this year and hope to stay in Oklahoma City after graduation. I am forever grateful that OCU and alumni provided the resources I needed to make it to the later rounds of this good fight. Just as Ms. Ruhl has blessed me, I hope one day to do the same for another.
Cameron Farnsworth, Class of 2019