Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain, was one of the last unsettled territories in the continental United States. But almost as soon as Oklahoma became a state, law schools began popping up.
If Oklahoma strikes you as the place you want to be, then you have three choices for law schools: University of Oklahoma College of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law, and University of Tulsa College of Law.
University of Oklahoma College of Law
The University of Oklahoma College of Law (OU Law) is located in Norman, Oklahoma, just twenty miles south of Oklahoma City. As the top-ranked school in the state and the cheapest — about $22,000 a year for residents — OU Law provides a fantastic value for those who want to attend law school in Oklahoma.
OU Law students can tailor their legal education through one of five certificates, including American Indian and Indigenous Peoples Law or Natural Resources and Energy Law. The school also boasts more than 30 student organizations to help you find your niche (and, dare we say it, friends?), from the Aviation Law Society to the Environmental Law Student Association and beyond.
Oklahoma City University School of Law
Oklahoma City University School of Law (OKC Law) is, of course, located in Oklahoma City, which is smack dab in the middle of the state. Founded in 1907, the same year as Oklahoma obtained statehood, OKC Law was the first law school in the state.
The school's location in the heart of Oklahoma City puts students close to many internship and employment opportunities at nearby courts, businesses, government agencies, and non-profits. OKC Law students can also gain practical experience through clinics and pro bono work such as the Oklahoma Innocence Project.
Tuition at OKC Law is considerably higher than at the University of Oklahoma, about $38,000 a year. But the school offers many unique learning opportunities that make it an excellent choice for some students.
OKC Law consistently ranks among the top schools in the nation for enrollment of American Indian and Alaska Native students. Its American Indian Law and Sovereignty Center provides students with a strong foundation for law practice in tribal communities.
The Murrah Center for Homeland Security examines the unique legal issues involved in domestic security, counterterrorism, disaster and crisis management, and intelligence law in partnership with the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.
University of Tulsa College of Law
University of Tulsa College of Law (TU Law) is a small law school located about a hundred miles northeast of Oklahoma City. TU Law prides itself on strong certificate programs in Health Law, Native American Law, and Sustainable Energy Law.
In addition to the school's J.D. program, TU Law offers several LLM programs and a number of joint degrees.
With tuition of about $29,000 a year, TU Law is one of the best values among private law schools. Around 93% of students receive at least some scholarship funds. Every applicant is considered for the school's merit scholarships, so that's one less form to fill out!
Tips for Law School and Beyond
When it comes to your legal career, choosing a law school is just the start. Whether you select a school in Oklahoma, look elsewhere in the U.S., or take your studies abroad, you have many challenges and exciting opportunities ahead.
FindLaw for Law Students is here to help you at every stage of your law school journey with tips and advice from people who have been through the process.