The Norman Transcript


March 12, 2014

OU Law achieves top ranking

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma College of Law jumped 10 spots in the latest US News & World Report 2015 Ranking of Best Law Schools to No. 58. The ranking is the highest by any Oklahoma law school in survey history.

OU Law has received a number of recent accolades, including:

· For the second year in a row, OU Law was named a Top 20 “Best Value” Law School by National Jurist Magazine

· No. 4 “Best Quality of Life” by The Princeton Review

· No. 19 Moot Court Program by The Blakely Advocacy Institute

“At OU Law, we are committed to students and their future. While we do not place too much weight on any one survey, we are encouraged OU Law continues to garner national attention,” OU Law Dean Joe Harroz said. “We have consistently kept tuition among the lowest in the country so our students can pursue the career of their choice without being limited by excessive debt.”

Harroz said OU Law focuses resources on what is most important to students.

“We make sure the education is truly dynamic. You can’t offer the same experience that was offered a few years ago. We have to adapt,” he said.

Harroz said examples of the law school’s focus on students includes offering three certificates in specific areas of law in addition to a JD degree so students can be more competitive upon graduation. Additionally, the OU Law works to provide a high quality of life, as reflected by the above Princeton Review Ranking.

Every year, the law school surveys its students. Last year, 96 percent of students ranked their OU Law experience as “good” or “excellent.”

In the past three years, the College of Law has more than tripled the number of employers participating in the on-campus recruitment programs. While many law schools have cut career staff, OU Law recently added a third career development counselor. 

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