OU Law Ranked Among the Nation’s Top 50 Law Schools by Above the Law

September 30, 2020

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NORMAN, OKLA. – The University of Oklahoma College of Law has been ranked 31st out of more than 200 law schools nationwide in Above the Law’s 2020 Top 50 Law School Rankings.

The rankings are based on outcomes from the Class of 2019, including employment and cost of attendance. OU Law is the only Oklahoma law school to be ranked in the top 50 schools.

“We are thrilled to once again be honored with this distinction, a testament to the incredible effort put forth by our students, faculty and staff,” said OU Law Interim Dean Katheleen Guzman. “Our commitment to deliver a world-class legal education at an affordable and accessible price, along with support from our outstanding staff, faculty and alumni, empowers OU Law students to achieve their personal and professional goals. We’re also very proud that our tuition is 23% below that of the average public law school, and that our resident tuition is the lowest of all Big 12 law schools.”

OU Law’s emphasis on providing a quality, affordable education is further demonstrated in that for 12 consecutive years, National Jurist magazine has placed the college in its Best Value Law School rankings.

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