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Financial Aid and Scholarships

OU Law is ranked 10th in the nation out of more than 200 law schools as a Best Value Law School. We are committed to providing the highest quality legal education at an affordable cost to our students. Providing opportunities for scholarships and financial aid are central to that commitment.

Scholarships

At OU Law, the scholarship process takes place in several stages. Many scholarships are awarded to incoming first-year students shortly after admittance to OU Law.

Incoming Student Scholarships

All OU Law applications completed by the March 15 deadline will be considered for academic scholarships. No separate scholarship application is required. The Scholarship Committee typically distributes available funds based on academic achievement, successful performance on the LSAT and other life experiences. If you are awarded a scholarship, we will notify you promptly after you have been admitted to OU Law. Admitted students can expect to be notified of a merit-based scholarship within a month of an admission decision. Contact Student Services for more information. 

Comfort Scholarship

The Comfort Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards at OU Law. Through a generous endowment from William T. Comfort Jr. and James T. Comfort, OU Law awards merit-based scholarships to incoming students with exemplary academic qualifications and LSAT scores. The Comfort Scholarship is awarded without regard to financial need. In addition, typically the top 10 students in each of the second- and third-year classes are considered for Comfort "Top Ten" Scholarships. Comfort Scholars are considered to be among the most outstanding group of incoming students.

Elkouri Scholarship

The Frank and Edna Asper Elkouri Scholarship is one of our most impressive awards. Professor Frank Elkouri, a nationally noted authority on labor arbitration, joined the faculty in 1952 and remained with the College of Law for 58 years. Prior to joining the faculty, Elkouri practiced with the Oklahoma City law firm of Quinlan & Elkouri and was an attorney with the National Wage Stabilization Board in Washington, D.C., and Dallas. From 1952 until 1957, in addition to teaching, he was the advisor to the Office of the President at OU. Elkouri was appointed to a George Lynn Cross Research Professorship in 1975 and awarded the Whitney North Seymour Medal from the American Arbitration Association in 1980. Though he retired in 1985, he continued his leadership as professor emeritus at the law school through 2010. It is Frank and Edna Asper Elkouri’s desire to help defray the cost of tuition and educational expenses of a number of our most academically exceptional law students.

First-, Second-, and Third-Year Scholarships

In addition to incoming student scholarships, OU Law administers a scholarship and awards program based on a scholarship application. This application is given to all students after classes begin in the fall and again in the spring. By completing the application, students are considered for all merit, field of interest, and need-based scholarships for which they qualify. Scholarships range from several hundred to several thousand dollars. The Scholarship Committee makes decisions in October and April of each year. Contact the Registrar for more information.

External Scholarships

In addition to internal scholarships, OU Law receives notifications about outside scholarships and awards available to law students. Current opportunities are listed here and are updated throughout the year. Click on each scholarship heading to learn more about their specific application requirements and process.

AbbreviationFinder Scholarship

The Abbreviation Finder Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship of USD $7,500 awarded to a high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, participation and leadership in school activities and work experience. The student may apply and use the money for education-related expenses for graduate or undergraduate study only, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board. The scholarship is sponsored by Abbreviation Finder. The recipient receiving the USD $7,500 scholarship award must use it during the 2019 fall semester.

Applicants to the Abbreviation Finder Scholarship must:

  • Be current high school senior, undergraduate or graduate students who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, and participation and leadership in school activities and work experience.
     

Students should gather the following information needed for the application process:

  • Details of outstanding achievement in school
  • List of involvement in school and community activities
  • List of work experience
  • Current high school or university cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale

Only electronic scholarship applications received through the above process will be considered. Paper copies of applications, resumes or other materials will not be accepted.

Deadline to apply:  July 1, 2019

For additional information and the application, click here.


 

Allen Tittle's Medical Malpratice Awareness Scholarship

A $1,000 scholarship awarded to any U.S. resident who is an incoming or continuing student at an accredited college or university in the U.S.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed online application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • Upload a 500-600 word original essay on the following question: Why do you think it’s important to be a patient advocate in today’s health care industry? If applicable, describe a time in which you, or someone you know, experienced receiving poor medical care and what this experience taught you.
  • Upload an unofficial school transcript
  • Upload your resume
     

Deadline:  May 31, 2019

Contact:  kaylee@tittlelawfirm. Please do not call Tittle & Perlmuter regarding this scholarship. Failure to follow these instructions will result in disqualification.

For more information and the application, click here.

Bybee Scholarship

The International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) will award prizes of $2,500 for each of the two best research papers written by J.D. students of accredited or international equivalent law schools as part of their class work during the 2018-2019 school year.

Submitted papers may be of any length, but it is recommended they be between 3,000 and 5,000 words, exclusive of footnoting. The criteria for evaluation of the papers are:

  • Be prepared as part of a J.D. student’s class work at an accredited or international equivalent law school during the 2018 – 2019 school year;
  • Be accompanied by written confirmation from a law school instructor that the paper was written under the direction of that instructor; 
  • At the time of submission, not have been published or selected for publication in any academic, legal, or gaming industry journal or periodical; 
  • Be accompanied by a written and signed confirmation that if the paper is selected for the 2019 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award, IAGA may publish the paper in an IAGA-sponsored publication and post the paper online via the official IAGA web site; and      
  • Be written on a topic that either enhances the understanding of gaming law or recommends a beneficial change in gaming law.
     

The criteria for evaluation of the papers are:

  • Importance to the field of gaming, to gaming regulators and practitioners, and to the study of gaming law; 
  • Quality of presentation, including clarity, completeness, logic, economy, precision, emphasis, grammar, usage, punctuation, and flow; and
  • Depth and breadth of research and analysis as reflected in text and footnotes.


Deadline:  June 30, 2019

Submit to:  Jennifer Roberts, 2019 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award Committee Co-Chair
By mail to her attention at the UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 456041, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-6041
or by email at jennifer.roberts@unlv.edu

Jennifer Roberts may also be contacted for additional information at jennifer.roberts@unlv.edu or 702-895-2653

ChapmanAlbin Scholarship

A $1,000 scholarship.  Paid out by check to the recipient's law school to cover law school tuition and other related expenses such as books or room/board. 

REQUIREMENTS
  • Completed scholarship application
  • 300-500 word essay (specific topic details can be found on submission form)
  • An acceptance letter from an accredited law school in the U.S. (new students) or an unofficial transcript from an accredited law school in the U.S. (current students).


Deadline:  June 15, 2019

For more information and the application, click here.

Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship

A $1,000 scholarship awarded to a law student who plans to work in plaintiff's employment law. 

Eligibility guidelines:

  1. Applicants must be currently attending or accepted to an ABA-accredited law school.
  2. Applicants must upload an unofficial law school transcript or admission letter, plus a resume or CV.
  3. All applicants must submit an original 750-word essay on the following topic: “What are the biggest challenges facing workers’ rights in the future?” The essay can consider current events, recent case law, social movements, historical developments, or any other aspect of workers’ rights. Working Now and Then will publish the winning essay and honorable mentions on its site.
     

Apply and upload materials online, beginning January 1, 2019 through May 1, 2019.

 

Crandall & Pera Law Legal Scholarship

The Crandall & Pera Law Legal Scholarship awards $3,000 annually to a student who has demonstrated an interest in a career as a trial lawyer, and a passion for representing injured individuals whose rights have been jeopardized.

The scholarship is available to all pre-law, incoming and currently enrolled students, at an accredited law school for the upcoming semester, who can demonstrate financial need in the form of government-sponsored student loans, who have exemplified exceptional skills as orators and who consider helping those less fortunate a calling that they wish to answer. The student must also have a firm commitment to diversity and equality and be dedicated to protecting the rights of everyone regardless of race, sex, religion or sexual orientation.

Applications must include the following:

  • A resume, including a current photo
  • An essay or letter of no more than 1,200 words on how you meet the criteria
  • Up to 3 recommendations from former/current employers, coaches, mentors and/or professors (family members and personal friends are not allowed)
  • Undergraduate transcript
     

Deadline to apply:  May 31, 2019

For additional information and the application, click here.

Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship

Several $1,000 to $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to students from a law school affiliated with the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (OU Law is!). These students must demonstrate an interest in the study of natural resources, energy, or mineral law.

Criteria:

  • potential to make a significant contribution in the field of energy, mineral, and natural resources law;
  • academic ability;
  • leadership ability;
  • financial need.


Submissions must include:

  • Completed application form;
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a law school dean, faculty member, or member of the legal profession;
  • Current law school transcript.
     

Submit application and supporting materials:
by email (with your name in the subject line) to carolyn@emlf.org;
by fax to (859) 226-0485;
or by mail to EMLF Scholarship Application, 340 S. Broadway, Suite 101, Lexington, KY 40508.

Deadline to apply:  May 1, 2019

For application and additional information, click here.

 

FCBE Foundation Law School Scholarship

The FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to rising second or third year students currently enrolled in accredited law schools in the United States who have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in communications law. 

The scholarships range from $2,500 – $5,000 each, and will be payable to the applicable law school in one lump sum to help cover the student’s tuition and other education-related expenses in the 2019-2020 academic year, and will be determined by a number of factors, including financial need and merit.

Deadline to apply:  March 31, 2019

Contact:  Janeen Wynn at (202) 293-4000 or by email at janeen@fcba.org.

For the application and additional information, click here and set up an account. 

Federal Bar Association Criminal Law Section Scholarship

The Criminal Law Section of the Federal Bar Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship for a graduating 3L student pursuing a career in criminal law.

Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to aalaghbari@fedbar.org. The cover letter should state the student's plan after graduation and how the student has shown an interest in criminal law during law school.

Materials are due March 1, 2019.

Gainsberg Law Scholarship

A $2,500 scholarship for a student who is, or will be, enrolled in an accredited university or college in the Fall semester of the upcoming academic year.  Upon the student’s request, the non-transferable award can be paid directly to the school.

To be eligible for the award, applicants must submit the following:

  • Proof of enrollment for the upcoming academic year
  • 2 recommendations from a member of the faculty or staff at the university or school, or from a teacher from the previous year (for incoming students only)
  • One essay up to 1,000 words on why you are interested in the law
  • Academic Transcripts from the current academic year, 2018-2019
     

Deadline to apply:  April 1, 2019

Please send completed applications to givingback@gainsberglaw.com, or fill out the application form conveniently located here.

For more information and the application, click here.

Gerben Law Firm Scholarship

A $1,500 scholarship for law students currently enrolled at an ABA approved law school, with a GPA of 2.5 or above (6.500 on our 12 pt. scale), interested in practicing trademark law. The scholarship will be awarded to the student with the most compelling story of why they are interested in becoming a trademark attorney.

Deadline:  July 31, 2019

For the application and instructions, click here.

For additional information, click here.

Harris, Lowry, Manton LLP Civil Justice Scholarship

A $5,000 scholarship awarded to any incoming or current law student who is either currently enrolled, or who has accepted a place, in an accredited law school for the Fall semester of the upcoming academic year (for fall 2019).

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Proof of enrollment for the upcoming academic year
  • One recommendation from a member of the faculty or staff at the university or school (incoming IL students may submit a letter from a teacher from the previous year)
  • An essay of no more than 1,000 words about the importance of the right to a trial by jury
     

Deadline:  June 30, 2019

Contact:  scholarship@hlmlawfirm.com

Email applications (or fill it out online at the link below) to: scholarship@hlmlawfirm.com

For more information and the application, click here

International Association of Gaming Advisors Bybee Scholarship

A $2,500 award to a J.D. student at an accredited law school.

To be considered for the award, each submitted paper must either enhance the understanding of gaming law or recommend a beneficial gaming law change. Recommended length of the paper is 3,000-5,000 words exclusive of footnotes.

Contact:  Jennifer Roberts at Jennifer.Roberts@univ.edu.

For more information, click here.

 

Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one full-time student, who excels in leadership and academics, each spring.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Application for this scholarship may be submitted by any U.S. citizen enrolled as a full-time student from an accredited high school, community college, college or university, or accredited law school.
  • A transcript must be attached with counselor or school representative signature for application to substantiate application.
  • Although not required, we recommend submitting at least one professional letter of recommendation along with a resume.
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 (8.0 on OU Law's 12 pt scale)
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 


Please do not call the firm regarding this scholarship. If you have questions regarding eligibility or your submitted application, please email info@khmnlaw.com.

For additional information and the application, click here.

Moses & Rooth Legal Scholarship

A $1,000 award to an incoming 1L or currently enrolled law student at an accredited law school, who is a U.S. resident with a minimum GPA of 3.0/8.0. It will be awarded during the fall 2019 semester.

Essay Requirements:

  1. INTRODUCTION: 100-200 Words: Tell us who you are, why you are applying for the scholarship, your interests, or anything that makes you special.
  2. SHORT ESSAY: In 300-600 words, write about the following: Should people be allowed to warn motorists about DUI checkpoints in America?
  • Essay must be submitted through the form linked below.
  • By submitting your essay, you give them consent to publish it on mosesandrooth.com
  • MUST be a legal U.S. resident.
  • Unofficial Transcript: Provide an unofficial transcript of your current academic status. If you are an incoming 1L, please provide an unofficial undergraduate college transcript. During the selection process you may be contacted to verify your academic status with an official transcript. You then must mail an official, unopened transcript to ultimately confirm previously sent academic status. Please do not initially send the official copies.
  • All application materials must be submitted no later than the deadline date. Materials received later will be rejected, resulting in disqualification.
     

Deadline:  June 1, 2019

For more information and the application form, click here.

National Security Law Writing Competition

This annual writing competition is open to all U.S. and international law students and graduates. The author of the first-place winning entry will receive a $2,000 cash prize while the second-place winner will receive $1,000, both provided by the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc. The Air Force Law Review will consider all entries for publication.

The competition, sponsored by the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc. solicits original, unpublished scholarly papers on a specified topic relevant to national security law. This year’s topic is National Security Law Implications of Mass Movement of Peoples.

An undeniable challenge to international order – and thus U.S. national security – arises from issues regarding movement of people, be it wartime or political refugees, immigration waves, or economic or other migration. Authors should prepare works contemplating the challenges presented by large-scale movements of people. While works may explore the impact of these conditions on international law generally, they should ultimately tie these challenges to U.S. national security law.

Deadline:  April 30, 2019 by 4:30 p.m. Central time

Contact:  Col. Jeremy Weber at (334) 953-3825 or jeremy.weber@us.af.mil

NW Corporate Law Scholarship

A $1,000 award to a second- or third-year law student, at an ABA-approved law school in the U.S., with an interest in business law or entrepreneurship. 

Award will be paid directly to the recipient and can be used for any expenses related to the their law school education. 

Deadline to apply:  October 1, 2018 for fall 2018 award OR April 1, 2019 for spring 2019 award

Contact:  Derek Pyle at info@nwcorporatelaw.com

For additional information and the application, click here.

Plattner Verderame, P.C.'s Annual Civil Justice Scholarship

This $2,500 annual award will be given to a student interested in any aspect of social or civil justice, who is currently enrolled in, or will be enrolled in, an accredited college or university for the upcoming academic year (2019-2020).  The scholarship can be paid directly to the student’s college at his or her request.

To apply for the scholarship, please submit the following to the form linked below:

  • Proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university
  • One recommendation letter from a current or previous year teacher or professor
  • A 1000-word essay about the American civil justice and jury system.
     

Deadline to apply:  June 2019

For additional information and the application, click here.

Provident's Law School Scholarship

This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant that best demonstrates dedication to the values of Provident Legal Funding. These primarily include access to justice and plaintiff empowerment. In addition, the award winner will showcase how they intend to use their education to better our society.

This does not have to only reflect the personal injury side of the legal system. While they deal heavily with funding those plaintiffs, access to justice neither stops nor ends there. The winner may also show how they plan to improve their personal community, or the global community at large.

Non-profits and advocacy groups are also an important part of our society that deserve access to justice, especially when battling corporations with seemingly unlimited resources.

Any of these avenues of change our applicable to this scholarship.

To apply:  In 750 to 1,000 words, tell them why you think you meet the aforementioned criteria.

  • Start off with a brief introduction. Tell them your interests, your achievements, or anything that you feel adds to your personal narrative. Before they can see the lawyer you plan to be, they want to know the person you are today.
  • Tell them what you are passionate about, and how you plan to apply your passions to the betterment of society. This can be an essay or a visual presentation. While they do need some written material, you are welcome to be as creative as desired.
     

Deadline to apply:  August 2019

For additional information and the application, click here.

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation – Two Scholarship Opportunities

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) has two Scholarship Programs to support well-qualified law students who have the potential to make significant contributions to scholarship in natural resources law. The Programs consist of the Joe Rudd Scholarships, established in 1979 in honor of a prominent natural resources attorney in Alaska, and the RMMLF Scholarships, established in 1993.

Any law student enrolled full time at one of the Foundation’s Constituent Law Schools (OU College of Law is one) and who can demonstrate a commitment to study natural resources law or who is undertaking the study of natural resources law is eligible to apply for these tuition scholarships. Fall, spring and full-year scholarships may cover partial or full tuition. Recent awards have ranged from $1,000 to $10,500. Tuition scholarships must be used at, and will be paid directly to, a qualifying law school (OU College of Law is one).

Applications are evaluated and awards are made by the Foundation’s Scholarships Committee according to the following criteria:

  • Potential to make a significant contribution to the field of natural resources law
  • Academic ability
  • Leadership ability
  • Year in law school
  • Financial need

 

Deadline to apply:  February 28, 2019

 

For additional information and the application, click here.

Silverman, McDonald, & Friedman Educational Scholarship

This $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a law student who is dedicated to upholding the rights of the injured.  The successful candidate will be enrolled, or have proof of future enrollment, in an accredited college, university or law school for the upcoming academic year.  The scholarship can be paid directly to the student’s institution, at his or her request.

To be eligible for the scholarship, please submit the following:

  • An essay of no more than 500 words about what the civil justice systems means to you;
  • Proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university or law school;
  • A brief statement about your financial needs.

Finalists may be asked for a letter of recommendation from a current or former teacher or professor.

Deadline to apply:  June 2019

For more information and the submission form, click here.

Taylor & Ring Scholarship

This $5,000 award will be given to a student interested in pursuing the study of law with a specific goal of helping survivors of sexual assault, rape, child abuse, or sexual harassment in the workplace. The successful candidate needs to be currently enrolled in, or will be enrolled in, an accredited college or university or law school for the upcoming academic year. The scholarship can be paid directly to the student’s college or law school at his or her request.

To be eligible for the scholarship, please submit the following to the link below:

  • An essay of no more than 1000 words about what the civil justice systems means to you;
  • Proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university or law school;
  • A brief statement about your financial needs.

We may also ask the finalists for a letter of recommendation from a current or former teacher or professor or advisor.

Deadline to apply:  April 25, 2019

For the submission form and additional information, click here

Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm Scholarship

The Travis W. Watkins Tax Resolution & Accounting Firm Scholarship is a $1,000 award for any current or soon-to-be law student who has had his or her family’s life altered because of tax controversies (back taxes owed, audits, etc.). The Travis W. Watkins Scholarship has a brief and 100% confidential submission process, and applicants will be judged on their ability to convey the importance of tax compliance as well as the journey of those challenges (including the impact of professional tax representation or lack of representation on the outcome).

Students applying must submit an essay where you explain, present, inspire, or otherwise convince us as to why you deserve to win this scholarship. There are no conditions or requirements for this essay. Please keep submissions to 5 paragraphs and 600 words at the absolute maximum. This is not a standardized test. While spelling, punctuation, and general cohesiveness will make your essay easier to read; and therefore judge, you are not being graded. The winning submission will be one which clearly conveys a non-fictional story of your life or someone that you know before and after an IRS or OK Tax Commission setback.

Tax and Accounting issues can be life-changing, so all essay submissions will be completely confidential. At no point will your essay be described to the public or the subject matter of the award.

For additional information and the application, click here.

Wagner & Wagner Civil Justice Scholarship

A $2,500 scholarship to to an eligible law or pre-law student who is enrolled in, or has proof of upcoming enrollment in, an accredited college or university for the upcoming Fall semester.

To be eligible for the award, applicants must submit the following:

  • Proof of enrollment for the upcoming academic year
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty or staff at the university or school, or incoming students may use a teacher from the previous year.
  • One (1) essay up to 1,000 words on “The injured plaintiff’s right to be compensated through litigation or mediation.”
  • Academic Transcripts from the current academic year (2018-2019)
     

Deadline:  June 30, 2019

Submit applications to scholarship@wagnerjury.com or by filling out the application.

For additional information and the application, click here.

Yeboah Law Group Scholarship

The 2nd annual Make a Difference Scholarship for $3,000 is available to students throughout the country who truly want to be the change they wish to see. This annual scholarship will be awarded in to a student who is currently enrolled in, or who will officially be enrolled in, any accredited university or college in the U.S. for the fall semester of the upcoming academic year. Upon request, the scholarship award can be paid directly to your college or university.

To be eligible for the scholarship, please submit the following:

  • Proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university
  • 1 recommendation letter from a current professor
  • An essay of no more than 1000 words about how YOU plan on making a difference in your community or in any other community

Deadline to apply:  June 1, 2019

Contact:  Diane Jablansky at scholarship@yeboahlaw.com.

For additional information and the application, click here.

Financial Aid

Federal student loans are available to students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Eligible students may be able to obtain a Federal Stafford Loan. Other loan options, including the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan and Private Educational Loans, may be available to students who wish to borrow beyond the maximum of the Stafford Loan. Both the Federal Graduate PLUS and Private Loans require a credit check to be performed by the selected lender.

To determine eligibility status and initiate the financial aid process, students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA becomes available on October 1 for the following fall and spring semesters. Parental information is not required on the FAFSA for OU Law students. The FAFSA can be completed by visiting fafsa.ed.gov. OU's school code is 00318400. Do not hold submission of the FAFSA because of not yet filing a federal income tax return. Instead, provide an estimate of income. To electronically sign your FAFSA, you will need your four digit federal PIN. If you do not have one, or if you do not remember your PIN, you can request a new or duplicate one by visiting pin.ed.gov.

For students who are not eligible for federal financial aid, private educational loans may be an option if the student has a sufficiently lengthy and positive credit history in the United States or can apply with a credit worthy cosigner who is a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Eligible students can apply for a private educational loan up to the institution's cost of attendance minus any aid they have already been awarded. For additional information about these loan programs, please contact our Financial Aid Office by visiting financialaid.ou.edu.

Refer to the links below for more information about financial aid:

OU Scholarships
OU Financial Aid Services - Review the Graduate and Law Students section which includes information on student loans
FAFSA
Internal Revenue Service
FinAid

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