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University of Oklahoma (College of Law)

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 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 College of Law has progressed quite a bit since The Dean, Julien C. Monnet, founded it in 1909. From its humble beginnings of Dean Monnet, two faculty members, and 47 students, the College of Law has grown to become the preeminent legal institution in the state. In 1914, thanks to the incessant lobbying of state legislators by law students for funding its construction, the College moved into its first permanent home, Monnet Hall.

The 47,000 square foot Law Barn, as it was affectionately known, was home to the College for some 62 years. As the home of the College of Law, it was witness to many events in Oklahoma (and American) history, including the admission of then-future OU Regent Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, the first black woman admitted to the College of Law, in 1948. It also produced former US Senator and current OU President David Boren; Oklahoma's current Governor, Brad Henry, as well as his predecessor, Frank Keating; and the Law Center's Dean and Director, former Oklahoma County District Attorney and Mayor of Oklahoma City, Andrew M. Coats.

Despite the additional square footage built onto the rear of Monnet Hall, the newly-formed Law Center outgrew the building, forcing a relocation to its current home on Timberdell Road in 1976. But it didn't end there. Adding the American Indian Law Review to complement the established Oklahoma Law Review, expanding clinical legal education, and generally striving to meet the increasing demands of legal education in the late 20th century caused the Law Center to once again outgrow its facilities.

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 Dick Bell Courtroom is one of the largest and most technologically advanced courtrooms in the region, if not the nation, and hosts live trials from the various courts in central Oklahoma. The Bell Courtroom has hosted appellate cases from both the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals (including a death penalty appeal) and the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, as well as civil trials from the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. In March, 2005, the Bell Courtroom hosted an unprecedented hearing presided over by 12 Judges of the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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. To the west is the new home of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. To the east are University tennis courts and the OU Women's Softball team's new stadium. To the south are L. Dale Mitchell Park, home of the Men's Baseball team, and the Lloyd Noble Center, home of the Sooner basketball teams and host to numerous concerts and other events.

The College of Law offers the Juris Doctor degree. This program is a broad-based three-year curriculum. First-year students are required to follow a prescribed curriculum, however once students are in the second and third year, there are many opportunities to take elective courses. A number of areas of concentration have been developed from which the students may choose courses in their area of special interest. These are business practice; civil litigation; energy-natural resources, and environmental law, commercial and consumer law, international law; and tax law.

The College of Law offers several joint degree programs with various colleges on campus. To be eligible to enroll as a joint degree candidate, you must apply to both programs separately, satisfying all of the prerequisites for both programs and taking any necessary admission tests.

The College of Law participates in a course of study leading to both the J. D. and M. B.A. degrees. The College of Business and College of Law modify course requirements to permit completing both programs in four years. For further information go to School of Business.

he University of Oklahoma College of Law has retained an outstanding full-time law faculty to provide our students with an unequalled legal education experience. Combined with the numerous adjunct specialists who teach various subjects from the practitioner's point of view, we have assembled an exceptional instructional corps, and these pages are here to help you learn about them. You can use the navigational menu to the left to learn more about our faculty.

The University of Oklahoma College of Law has retained over 30 full-time faculty members (many with national and international reputations), as well as numerous adjunct specialists, to enrich the educational experience of its students. These educators have, collectively, been admitted to the bar associations of more than 20 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Supreme Court. Their expertise and experience covers a wide range of legal specialties, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences.

OU Law faculty members have authored or edited over 75 books, including many seminal works in various legal fields. Their scholarly articles, on a wide variety of topics (ranging from capital punishment to the emerging field of law and technology), are almost innumerable. Their publications are found in law schools and law offices throughout the United States; in fact, many of them can be found in your local law library. In addition to their scholarly works, they have been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and other prominent publications.

Nationally and internationally recognized for their efforts, OU Law Faculty members have made contributions in many legal specialty fields, including torts, agricultural law, environmental law, evidence, oil and gas, arbitration, family law, commercial law, and sports law.

The new and greatly expanded Donald E. Pray Law Library was completed in 2002. The new Law Library provides an exciting setting for legal research and study. It features the Chapman Great Reading Room, a rare books room, two computer labs, and a total of 50 computer workstations which provide access to a wealth of online resources. A wireless network is also available to law students throughout the Law Library, and network connections and power outlets are available at over 100 seats.

The core of the Law Library's resources remains its nearly 350,000 volumes and volume equivalents and more than 4,000 active serial titles. The Law Library also has access to a large collection of legal and legal-related databases and other online resources. The Law Library is a participant in the Federal Depository Program, which seeks to make available a wide range of law-related government information to our students, faculty, and the public.

The Native People's Collection of the Law Library is one of the nation's largest collections of legal, historical, and cultural materials relating to Native Peoples and has reputation for excellence. In cooperation with the National Indian Law Library, we have built the Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project which provides access to the Constitutions, Tribal Codes, and other legal documents. The Law Library also has extensive collections in the areas of agricultural law, water law, energy law, and legal history.

School name:University of OklahomaCollege of Law
Address:Andrew M. Coats Hall 300 Timberdell Road
Zip & city:OK 73019-0701 Oklahoma

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