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Ways to Give

Now more than ever, the generosity of OU Law alumni and friends plays an important role in the education of our students.

Current Initiatives

As with many of you, our students are struggling with the current pandemic and financial concerns. To help alleviate their burdens, please consider donating to the OU Law Emergency Relief Fund.

OU Law Emergency Relief Fund

Contribute to the OU Law Emergency Relief Fund online by clicking here, or by check made payable to the University of Oklahoma Foundation, memo: "OU Law Emergency Relief Fund," and mailed to:

The University of Oklahoma Foundation
P.O. Box 258856
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-8856

Annual Giving Societies

Your support makes a profound difference in the lives of our students. OU Law’s annual Giving Societies create opportunities for giving at all levels for our alumni and friends. Select a giving society below to learn more.

Dean's Leadership Circle - $5,000 annually

Click here to make a gift online and join the Dean’s Leadership Circle.

The Dean’s Leadership Circle offers the law school dean resources to take advantage of exciting opportunities for faculty and students and to support innovative programs that will enhance the legal education provided by the OU College of Law. 

The funds raised through this giving society will be used to provide fellowships that allow students to work for public interest organizations, create innovative programs such as the International Human Rights Clinic and send student teams to annual competitions. These programs help strengthen the quality of legal education and allow our students to gain an upper hand as they enter the job market.  

Join the Dean's Leadership Circle

We ask those interested in joining the Dean’s Leadership Circle to make a contribution of $5,000 and strongly consider a three-year commitment. 

Become a member of the Dean’s Leadership Circle today.

For more information on giving opportunities to the College of Law, please contact:

OU Law External Affairs
(405) 325-9175
law.alumni@ou.edu

Thank you to our current Dean's Leadership Circle members!

To view current giving society impacts, click here.

Second Century Scholarship Society - $1,500 annually

Click here to make a gift online and join the Second Century Scholarship Society.

The Second Century Scholarship Society creates individual student scholarships given in the donor’s name with 100% of the donated funds going directly to the scholarship. This society helps the nearly 75% of OU Law students who take out loans to pay for their legal education and directly answers the College’s mission to keep tuition affordable.

Join the Second Century Scholarship Society

The goal of the Second Century Scholarship Society is to secure scholarships of $1,500 each year. Members will be asked to consider a three-year commitment.

Become a member of the Second Century Scholarship Society today.

For more information on giving opportunities to the College of Law, please contact:

OU Law External Affairs
(405) 325-9175
law.alumni@ou.edu

Thank you to our current Second Century Scholarship Society members!

To view current giving society impacts, click here.

Amicus Society - $500 annually

Click here to make a gift online and join the Amicus Society.

The Amicus Society supports a critical mission at OU Law. This yearly membership organization provides fellowship funding to those students who secure public interest positions over the summer. In addition, funds raised through this society allow the College of Law to secure distinguished guest lecturers and advance OU Law’s overall mission. 

Join the Amicus Society

We ask those interested in joining the Amicus Society to make an annual contribution of $500. 

Become a member of the Amicus Society today.

For more information on giving opportunities to the College of Law, please contact:

OU Law External Affairs
(405) 325-9175
law.alumni@ou.edu

Thank you to our current Amicus Society members!

To view current giving society impacts, click here.

OU Law Society - $150 annually ($50 annually for alumni who graduated 3 years ago or less, $10 annually for current OU Law students)

Click here to make a gift online and join the OU Law Society.

The OU Law Society provides resources for the OU College of Law’s general fund, allowing the College to host alumni receptions and events throughout the year. It also supports scholarships, academic resources, and other important law school initiatives. This Society exists to connect alumni and enable younger alumni to begin giving back to their alma mater.

Members of The OU Law Society play a vital role on campus as well. The Society’s active presence allows students the opportunity to connect with alumni, while demonstrating to students the importance of giving back. The Society provides students with snacks during finals and includes graduating third years in events, to assist in the transition from student to alumni. 

Join the OU Law Society

Annual membership is $150, or $50 for alumni who graduated three years ago or less. Membership for current OU Law students is $10 annually.

Become a member of the OU Law Society today.

For more information on other giving opportunities to the College of Law, please contact:

OU Law External Affairs
(405) 325-9175
law.alumni@ou.edu

Thank you to our current OU Law Society members!

To view current giving society impacts, click here.

General Funds

The OU College of Law's general funds are critical components in the College's mission to provide the highest level of legal education to our students while ensuring that the College's most pressing needs are met. Read more about the general funds below.

The Annual Fund

Click here to make a gift online and support the OU College of Law.

The Annual Fund, also known as the Julien C. Monnet Memorial Fund, ensures that alumni dollars go to OU Law’s most pressing needs and priorities. By supporting the Annual Fund, you help educate the next generation of lawyers and leaders in an intellectually rigorous learning environment that promotes diversity, service and collegiality. Gifts to the Fund provide essential support and enable OU Law to:

  • Enhance student activities and support student organizations
  • Fund colloquia and seminars for students, faculty and alumni
  • Support moot court competition teams
  • Enhance the state-of-the-art facilities at OU Law
  • Provide support for faculty

OU Law is dedicated to providing a dynamic, intellectual community as its students incorporate their legal training in preparation for the practice of law, judicial service and other leadership positions in Oklahoma, the nation and the world. Your support to the Annual Fund is critical to attaining this goal. No gift is too small. Every dollar counts and every donor matters.

Make a gift to our Annual Fund today.

For more information on giving opportunities to the College of Law, please contact:

OU Law External Affairs
(405) 325-9175
law.alumni@ou.edu

General Scholarship Fund

The OU College of Law provides a world-class legal education while being consistently recognized by National Jurist magazine as a Best Value Law School. With 88% of OU Law students currently receiving scholarships, the General Scholarship Fund is critical to achieving our goal of providing a high quality but affordable legal education. In 2016-2017, we awarded a record of more than $1.3 million in scholarships to our deserving students. Help continue this legacy by donating to the General Scholarship Fund. 

Click here to make a gift online and provide scholarship support.

For more information on giving opportunities to the College of Law, please contact:

OU Law External Affairs
(405) 325-9175
law.alumni@ou.edu

Other Ways to Give

Many other giving opportunities exist at the OU College of Law that may meet your charitable interests while also providing essential support to the College and its students. Read more about these opportunities below.

Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Chair in Civil Rights, Race and Justice in Law

Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher was a leading activist, attorney and educator who fought to become the first African American student admitted to OU Law in 1949. Her landmark case opened higher education to African American students in the state of Oklahoma and paved the way for national desegregation. In honor of the 70th anniversary of her law school admission, the College of Law began an initiative in September 2019 to establish an endowed fund in the Foundation to accept contributions from multiple donors with the goal of creating an endowed chair, one of the highest faculty distinctions at OU, to honor Dr. Fisher and ensure that the study of civil rights, race and justice is an integral part of the OU College of Law into perpetuity.

Through a transformational gift of $910,000 from an anonymous donor, alongside the collective efforts of nearly 80 supporters, OU Law has established a chair in September 2020 to honor Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher’s legacy. The Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Chair in Civil Rights, Race, and Justice in Law will focus on teaching and research in these areas, and will support empowering future OU lawyers who also seek legal reform. To further support this vision, the anonymous donor has pledged to match up to $90,000 for continuing donations to the fund.

The chair will be used to elevate an existing or prospective faculty member to the highest academic award available to a professor. The honor will be awarded to a professor who demonstrates an established interest and deep knowledge of civil rights law and who will teach and conduct research primarily in the areas of civil rights law, election law, race and the law, antidiscrimination law, or critical race theory.

Click here to make a gift online and support the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Chair.

For more information about the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Chair, click here.

Judge Charles "Buzz" Goodwin Scholarship

The namesake gift was made in memory of the Honorable Charles “Buzz” Goodwin, a graduate of the OU College of Law who spent 24 years in western Oklahoma as a district judge.

“Throughout his career, Judge Goodwin was widely respected for his earnest commitment to advancing justice and serving his community,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “This scholarship established in his honor is a testament to his character and ensures that his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of law students.” 

The scholarship endowment agreement allows the OU College of Law dean and the college’s scholarship selection committee to determine each year how best to use the funds, which could include recruitment, reward, financial need or some other individual student need. Priority consideration will be given to students from Judge Goodwin’s judicial district, including Ellis, Roger Mills, Beckham, Washita, Harmon, Greer and Custer counties. Additionally, priority consideration will be given to students who express a desire to practice in Western Oklahoma.
 
Goodwin worked to support and advance the justice system, serving as a practicing lawyer for 24 years and then, as district judge for 24 years from 1986 to 2010. During that time, he also served as a mentor to many other lawyers and judges. It is hoped that others who benefited from his counsel and friendship will contribute to the scholarship, thereby serving even more Western Oklahoma student beneficiaries. Judge Goodwin revered the United States Constitution and the men and women of the bar who spend their careers working for the fair and just administration of the law. As a judge and peer, he earned the affection and acclaim of lawyers across the state. 

To make a contribution to the Judge Charles "Buzz" Goodwin Scholarship Fund, visit link.ou.edu/BuzzGoodwin or mail a check, made payable to the OU Foundation with “Goodwin Scholarship” in the memo line, to P.O. Box 258856, Oklahoma City, OK, 73125-8856. 

Master of Legal Studies Program

  • Online Master of Legal Studies Annual Giving: Donations support the ongoing operations of the masters of legal studies program. Click here to donate.
  • Online Master of Legal Studies Scholarship Fund: Donations provide scholarships to students in one of the masters of legal studies programs. Click here to donate.

Center for International Business and Human Rights

Click here to make a gift online and support the Center for International Business and Human Rights.

The University of Oklahoma College of Law has established the first International Business and Human Rights Center at a U.S. law school. U.S. businesses often find themselves in difficult operating environments abroad that have significant human rights problems. At the same time, the U.S. government expects companies to respect human rights in line with international standards. Many companies now have human rights policies and frequently expect their lawyers to implement such policies. These expectations require leadership by the legal community. The Center's mission is: 1) to provide students with training, networking, and practical experience in this emerging field to be leaders in this space, and 2) to provide academic think tank support on these issues, with a particular focus on the energy/extractive sector and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies.

The Center is grateful for those who believe in its mission and have helped make it possible.

Support the Center for International Business and Human Rights today.

For more information about the Center for International Business and Human Rights, click here.

J. Michael Nordin Scholarship Fund

Established by McAfee & Taft and other donors to honor the memory of J. Michael Nordin, 1957-2019. Nordin was a beloved partner of McAfee & Taft, joining the practice in 1982 after earning his Juris Doctor from the College. Through his 37-year career with the firm, he developed extensive expertise in a broad range of complex business transactions, including real estate and healthcare transactions, and served at various times as the firm’s leader of its Business Transactions and Finance Group, Real Estate Group, Healthcare Group, and Opinions Committee. He was a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and was included in The Best Lawyers in America and Oklahoma Super Lawyers organizations. Recipients of the scholarship must express an interest in real estate and/or business/corporate transactional work.

Click here to make a gift online and support the J. Michael Nordin Scholarship Fund.

Additional Giving Options

If you would like to contribute to another area not listed above, click here.

For questions or additional information on giving opportunities, please contact:

OU Law External Affairs
(405) 325-9175
law.alumni@ou.edu

Giving Methods

Methods of Payment

For information on methods of payment, click here.

Planned Giving

Bequests and other planned gifts have a lasting impact on teaching, research and scholarships at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. We have a number of alumni who are benefiting from life income gifts, gift annuities and other plans. This type of gift allows you to make a gift now or after your lifetime while experiencing financial benefits for yourself and loved ones. Through planned giving, you can endow faculty chairs and scholarships, create and sustain innovative programing, or expand on library resources. You may choose to select an area of interest important to you, or allow your gift to fund key priorities determined by the College of Law leadership.

If you would like to know more about making a planned gift to the OU College of Law, please contact:

OU Law External Affairs
(405) 325-9175
law.alumni@ou.edu

Establish an Endowed or Expendable Fund

Establishing an endowed or expendable fund allows you to create opportunities in specific areas that are near and dear to you, while creating a lasting legacy that can memorialize you, your family, or someone important to you.

Click here to read more about establishing an endowed or expendable fund.

If you would like to know more about establishing an endowed or expendable fund at the OU College of Law, please contact:

OU Law External Affairs
(405) 325-9175
law.alumni@ou.edu

Wire Transfers and Gifts of Stock and Securities

For information on wire transfers as well as gifts of stock and other securities, click here.

OU Payroll Deduction

For information on contributing through OU Payroll Deduction, click here.

For more information, please contact:

OU College of Law
Office of External Affairs
300 Timberdell Road
Norman, Oklahoma 73019
(405) 325-9175
law.alumni@ou.edu

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Now more than ever, the generosity of OU Law alumni and friends plays an important role in the education of our students.

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