OU Law Rises in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

March 20, 2018 | By Melissa Caperton, Director of Communications
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NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma College of Law jumped nine spots in the latest U.S. News & World Report 2019 Ranking of Best Law Schools to No. 63. The ranking reflects the OU College of Law as Oklahoma’s top law school and as one of the nation’s great public law schools.

“At OU Law, we are dedicated to providing our students with an exceptional legal education,” said OU College of Law Dean Joseph Harroz Jr. “Over the past several years at OU Law, we have made great strides to lead in a time of historic change for law schools. This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and students. While this most recent ranking recognizes our progress, we are careful to not place too much focus on any one accolade. Nevertheless, we are encouraged by the statement our recent recognitions make collectively, and are honored that our college continues to grow and garner national attention.”

The U.S. News ranking is the latest in a series of recent major honors for OU Law, which include:

  • 95 percent bar exam passage rate for first-time exam takers – the highest in the state and one of the highest rates in the nation
  • No. 2 moot court program in the nation, The Blakeley Advocacy Institute
  • 1st Place, 2018 Andrews Kurth Kenyon Moot Court National Championship – a tournament reserved for the nation’s top 16 moot court programs
  • Top 10 best value law school, National Jurist magazine
  • Top 20 most innovative law school, preLaw Magazine
  • Apple Distinguished School for 2017-2019, Apple Inc.

Founded in 1909, the OU College of Law is Oklahoma’s premier law school. OU Law offers small sections and class sizes that encourage a strong sense of community; accomplished faculty with international expertise; and a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology. The OU College of Law is the academic home of more than 700 students enrolled in the juris doctor program, the John B. Turner Master of Laws Program, the master of legal studies program and various dual degree programs. For more information about OU Law, visit law.ou.edu.

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