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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.

Brown, PC National Business Law Scholarship

This $500 stipend which will be awarded to a second- or third-year full-time 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.

Candidates should submit a cover letter summarizing their interest in business law to Kristen.Brown@brownpc.com. Cover letters should also include the following information:

· Name
· Email Address
· Street, City, State & Zip Code
· Phone Number
· University Name & City, State
· Student ID
· GPA (minimum 3.0/8.0)
· Expected Graduation Date

Candidates are encouraged to submit, along with their letter, any documents demonstrating their interest in business law. Documents might include a transcript or class schedule showing business law courses completed or currently enrolled in, a letter of recommendation from a business law professor or a letter from someone who supervised the applicant in a business-related job or internship.

Deadline:  December 14, 2018

Contact:  Kristen.Brown@brownpc.com

For more information, click here.

Brown, PC National Tax Law Scholarship

This $500 stipend which will be awarded to a second- or third-year full-time 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.

Candidates should submit a cover letter summarizing their interest in tax law to Kristen.Brown@brownpc.com. Cover letters should also include the following information:

· Name
· Email Address
· Street, City, State & Zip Code
· Phone Number
· University Name & City, State
· Student ID
· GPA (minimum 3.0/8.0)
· Expected Graduation Date

Candidates are encouraged to submit, along with their letter, any documents demonstrating their interest in tax law. Documents might include a transcript or class schedule showing tax law courses completed or currently enrolled in, a letter of recommendation from a tax law professor or a letter from someone who supervised the applicant in a tax-related job or internship.

Deadline:  December 14, 2018

Contact:  Kristen.Brown@brownpc.com

For more information, 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.

 

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.

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.

General Counsel, P.C. First Generation Scholarship

Two $1,500 scholarships available to high-achieving law students who:
1. are the first in their family to attend law school
2. attend an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S. and 
3. are 18 years or older U.S. citizens (or permanent residents).

Requirements:

1.  Cover Letter
2.  At least one letter of recommendation: can be professional, academic, family, or personal.
3.  1-2 page essay describing what it means to you to be a first-generation law student.
4.  Transcript

Submit to:  scholarships@gcpc.com

Deadline:  November 18, 2018

For more information, click here.

G. William Rice Memorial Scholarship

The OBA Indian Law Section will award two (2) $1,500 scholarships to deserving second- or third-year law school students who intend to practice Indian law in Oklahoma. This money will be awarded in November and is intended to be used for bar exam study.

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

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

Deadline:  October 31, 2018

For more 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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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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