University of OklahomaCreated by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1890, the University of Oklahoma ("OU") is a doctoral degree-granting research university. Located in bucolic Norman, Oklahoma, OU enrolls more than 30,000 students, has more than 2,400 full-time faculty members, and has 20 colleges offering 163 majors at the baccalaureate level, 166 majors at the master’s level, 81 majors at the doctoral level, 27 majors at the doctoral professional level, and 26 graduate certificates.
The Princeton Review ranks OU in the top 10 public universities in the United States in terms of academic excellence and cost for students. OU is also considered to be a leader among all American universities in the international exchange and study abroad programs. OU currently offers programs in over 50 countries and 100 cities in six continents. Students from more than 100 countries are enrolled at OU.
The law school
The University of Oklahoma Law Center is the parent entity of the College of Law. The two names are often used interchangeably, although the Law Center also includes the Donald E. Pray Law Library, the OU Legal Clinic, and the Department of Legal Assistant Education, as well as the Oklahoma Law Review and American Indian Law Review.
The College of Law is currently the academic home of over 500 students enrolled in the full-time Juris Doctor program, as well as many students enrolled in the University's joint degree programs (the College currently does not offer a part-time program aside from the joint degree programs). The College of Law is the largest law school in Oklahoma; it is the only public law school in the state; and its Donald E. Pray Law Library (which is open to the public) boasts the largest law collection, public or private, in the state.
The Law Center recently finished a construction and renovation project that broke ground on the College's 90th Anniversary in October, 1999. The cornerstones of the project are the new 58,000 square foot Donald E. Pray Law Library and the 250-seat Dick Bell Courtroom. The new Library features the Chapman Reading room, modeled after the reading room in the College's previous home, Monnett Hall, with a parquet floor reminiscent of the floors in the Louvre.
The Law Center is located approximately one mile south of OU's Main Campus. To the north, across Timberdell Road, is the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education (OCCE) and on-campus housing.
Tuition and fees for 2011-12 are estimated to be $30,528 for the academic year. Students should budget at least $13,071 in addition to tuition and fees for room and board, books, school supplies, and other living expenses.
To qualify for admission to the LLM program, applicants must have earned their first law degree — LL.B., J.D., or equivalent. Admission is highly selective, and those admitted must have excellent law school records, strong letters of recommendation, proficiency in English, and leadership potential. Although not required, some work or research experience following completion of the first law degree is preferred.
This program does not require the LSAT exam; however, students must be proficient in the English language. International students whose primary language is not English, must submit satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam (TOEFL). The preferred TOEFL score is 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.
The LLM Admissions Committee will carefully examine all parts of the application.
LLM in International Energy, Natural Resources, and Indigenous Peoples
The University of Oklahoma is now offering a specialty LLM program. The John B. Turner LLM Program adds to the University of Oklahoma's long history of excellence and expertise in energy, natural resources and indigenous peoples law. Such fields are considered to be of more recent importance given that sustainable development of all forms of energy, water, and agricultural resources continue to be challenging and vitally important to the global economy.
The program is designed to be flexible, allowing international and American students to study in all three areas or concentrate their studies in any one or two of these areas. The John B. Turner LLM program offers a combination of courses available only at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to studying with the outstanding faculty at the College of Law, students have unique interdisciplinary opportunities to receive credit for related courses offered by other departments. The LLM program also includes guest lectures, field trips, and social and networking opportunities.
The College of Law has one of the most favorable faculty-student ratios among law schools world-wide, so students will enjoy close interaction with full-time faculty. The College is also fortunate to have several distinguished adjunct and visiting professors who teach highly specialized classes in this program area.