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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. 

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.

Brown, PC National Business Law Scholarship

A $500 stipend awarded to a second- or third-year U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in business law.

The award will be paid directly to the student and can be used for any expenses related to legal education, including but not limited to tuition, room, board, books, bar review courses, or commuting expenses.

Deadline to apply:  August 6, 2018

Contact:  Kristen Brown at Kristen.Brown@brownpc.com

For additional information and the application, click here.

Brown, PC National Tax Law Scholarship

A $500 stipend awarded to a second- or third-year U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax law. 

The award will be paid directly to the student and can be used for any expenses related to legal education, including but not limited to tuition, room, board, books, bar review courses, or commuting expenses.

Deadline to apply:  August 6, 2018

Contact:  Kristen Brown at Kristen.Brown@brownpc.com

For additional information and the application, click here

ChapmanAlbin Scholarship for Law Students

A $1,000 scholarship for any law student planning on attending, accepted to attend, or currently attending an accredited law school in the U.S.

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and be at least 18 years old to qualify. Applicants may not be current or past employees of ChapmanAlbin or be directly related to a current employee.

A check will be made to the scholarship recipient’s law school to cover law tuition and other related expenses (books/board) after confirmation of enrollment at an accredited law school in the U.S.

Deadline to apply:  June 15, 2018

Contact:  contact@chapmanlegal.com

For additional information and the application, click here.

Christensen Law Firm Scholarship

A $2,000 scholarship for any incoming or continuing law student enrolled in an accredited law school in the U.S., who holds a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Payment sent directly to the recipient's financial aid department to help pay for their tuition costs.

Deadline to apply:  January 31, 2019

Contact: Erik Evensen at (512) 580-8967 ro christensenlawfirmpllc@gmail.com.

For additional information and the application, click here.

 

DDR Lawyers Legal Scholarship

A $1,500 scholarship for any admitted law student attending an accredited law school in the U.S. who holds minimum GPA of 3.5.

Payment sent directly to the recipient's financial aid department to help pay for their tuition costs.

Deadline to apply:  December 31, 2018

Contact:  Devin H. at (786) 504-7874 or ddrlawyers@gmail.com

For additional information and the application, click here.

Durrell Public Law Research Award

A $2,000+ scholarship awarded to a student enrolled and pursuing a degree from the OU/OCU Colleges of Law or a minor in Constitutional Law at IACH at OU.

This award is to encourage people to study public or state and local government including the Constitution of the United States of America, or the financing of government entities in order to further the knowledge of constitutional or public law and to promote the values of justice, fairness, professional commitment, and civics among individuals.

Funds may be used for tuition, fees and book expenses. Payments are made directly to the school.

Requirements:

  1. Submit a proposal, a synopsis of your planned research paper or your completed research paper. This material can be from a university course or independent study credit work.
  2. Do you consent for these submitted materials to be published in all related professional, academic and legal journals?
  3. Submit the name and email address of a faculty or departmental member at the OU College of Law or OCU School of Law who can provide a letter of reference on your behalf.

Deadline to apply:  June 1, 2018

Contact:  Megan Hornbeek Allen at m.hornbeek@occf.org or (405) 606-2917

For additional information and the application, click here.

Howard Craig Kornberg Scholarship

A $2,000 scholarship awarded to a student in good academic standing, who is enrolled for fall 2018 semester at an accredited school. Scholarship can be used for any school related expenses, such as tuition and books. 

There is no application form, but students are asked to send an essay and contact information to scholarship@kornberglaw.com

Essay:  500+ word essay on why an education is important, including examples of how you've persevered through the obstacles in order to get an education. 

Submissions should also include: 
First and last name
Email address
Phone number
Transcript (unofficial are accepted)

Deadline to apply:  August 15, 2018

Contact:  scholarship@kornberglaw.com or (954) 600-2469

For additional information, 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.

 

JML Law-Student Scholarship Program

A $2,000 scholarship awarded to a student in good academic standing, who is enrolled for fall 2018 semester at an accredited school. Scholarship can be used for any school related expenses, such as tuition and books. 

There is no application form, but students are asked to send an essay and contact information to scholarship@jmllaw.com

Essay:  500+ word essay on why an education is important, including examples of how you've persevered through the obstacles in order to get an education. 

Submissions should also include: 
First and last name
Email address
Phone number
Transcript
Name of school currently attending

Deadline to apply:  August 15, 2018

Contact:  scholarship@jmllaw.com or (954) 600-2469

For additional information, click here.

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.

OBA Indian Law Section: The G. William Rice Memorial Scholarship

The OBA Indian Law Section presents the The G. William Rice Memorial Scholarship.

One $2,500 award to a deserving 2L or 3L who intends to practice Indian Law in Oklahoma. Award will be announced in June at the Sovereignty Symposium. 

Applications must include: 
1.  Cover letter describing commitment to practice Indian Law in Oklahoma
2.  Resume describing Indian Law-related activities
3.  Transcript
4.  Academic or professional reference letter

Deadline to apply:  May 22, 2018

Submit applications to Debra Gee, P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821 or by email to debra.gee@chickasaw.net 

Plattner Verderame, PC Civil Justice Scholarship

A $2,500 award 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.

Deadline to apply:  June 2018

Contact:  Laurie Verderame at scholarship@plattner-verderame.com

For additional information and the application, click here.

Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competiton

This competition is open to law students and planning students writing on a question of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law or environmental law.

Students are encouraged to submit relevant research papers and law review or journal notes prepared throughout the academic year.

The winning entry will be awarded a prize of $2,000 and submitted for publication in The Urban Lawyer, the law journal of the American Bar Association's Section of State & Local Government Law.

The Second Place paper will receive a prize of $400 and one Honorable Mention prize of $100 will also be awarded.

Deadline to apply:  June 4, 2018

Contact:  Evan Seeman at eseeman@rc.com or (860) 275-8247

For additional information and the rules, click here.

The Expert Institute's Annual Legal Writing Scholarship

Clear, effective writing is the cornerstone of an exceptional lawyer, and a vital area of education for aspiring attorneys. While traditional forms of legal writing like case briefs and contracts endure, the internet has given legal professionals a new medium of communication that demands mastery as well. Blog posts are a new way for attorneys to educate and persuade, and to participate in a broader legal discourse with their peers.

In recognition of the importance of online legal writing, The Expert Institute is offering a $2,000 scholarship (as well as publication on The Expert Institute's blog) for the best legal blog post written by a law student on the topic of expert witnesses.

Parameters:

  • Specific case references are required, and the article must contain specific examples
  • Your article must be an unpublished, original submission. The Expert Institute reserves the right to publish in print and digital all or part of the essay or abstract at its discretion
  • Citations should be inline – no footnotes or endnotes. Links to electronic sources are encouraged
  • Articles must be 1,500 – 2,500 words in length, and written in a blog post format

Submission must include:

  • Full name of author (First, Middle, and Last)
  • Contact information for author, including email address and phone number
  • School name and mailing address
  • A .doc or .docx file containing your article. PDFs and other document formats are not acceptable

Factors that will be considered during judgment include:

  • Clarity, style, and poise of writing
  • Originality of topic
  • Thoroughness of research and quality of analysis
  • Comprehensibility by lay and professional audiences

Deadline to apply:  December 31, 2018

Contact:  Cody Porcoro at cody@theexpertinstitute.com or (646) 741-2680

For additional information and the application, click here.

Varghese Summersett PLLC Criminal Justice Scholarship

A $1,500 award to a deserving law student that has been accepted into an ABA-accredited law school for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Varghese Summersett is a Fort Worth criminal defense law firm that focuses on state and federal criminal matters. All of our partners have been either state or federal prosecutors and now practice criminal law exclusively. Our careers reflect our love for the criminal justice system, although we constantly strive to improve an imperfect system.

Each year, we offer criminal justice scholarships to deserving law school students. This year, we are hosting a video contest that educates the audience about DWI laws or promotes safe drinking.

For 2018, we are inviting law students to create a 90-second to 3-minute video that achieves one of the following:

  1. Educates the audience about DWI laws in Texas by incorporating interesting facts from our DWI information page.
  2. Promotes safer drinking habits by suggesting ways to avoid getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.

Rules:

  1. We expect entires reflect the student’s creative process. While you can get help from your friends, don’t use a professional service to create the video. If we think you did, we will likely disqualify you.
  2. No copyrighted material may be used. Use non-copyrighted music and sound effects.
  3. The videos cannot contain content that violates the submission standards of YouTube.

Deadline to apply:  July 1, 2018.  Submit your video to info@versustexas.com. Do not share the video publicly prior to the announcement of finalists for the award.

Contact:  Jane Scribner at info@versustexas.com

For additional information and the application, click here

Weiss and Paarz Annual National Law Scholarship

A $1,000 award to a student starting or continuing law school anywhere in the U.S. who plans to realize their full potential on a career path that helps others.

This student will demonstrate their exceptional work ethic and academic achievement, commitment to their local community and charitable giving, and overall moral character through a personal statement.

Deadline to apply:  September 3, 2018

Contact:  Sarah Weiss Rozalis at weissandpaarzscholarships@gmail.com

For additional information and the application, click here.

Yeboah Law Group Scholarship

A $3,000 scholarship awarded to a current or admitted law student, at an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S., for the upcoming fall semester.

This Make a Difference Scholarship will be awarded to a student who has the drive, passion, and skills to make the world a better place.

Deadline to apply:  June 1, 2018

Contact:  Samuel Yeboah 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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