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Oklahoma City University School of Law
Established 1907
School type Private non-profit
Location Oklahoma City, OK, US
Faculty (See List)
Annual tuition
Outlines 7 (See List)

Oklahoma City University School of Law is one of the professional graduate schools of Oklahoma City University, a private Oklahoma university. It is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and traces its origins to the founding of Epworth University in 1904 and its law school in 1907. It is sited in the Sarkeys Law Center on the southwest side of the Oklahoma City University campus. The Oklahoma City University Law Library, located in the historic Gold Star Memorial Building, houses a collection of over 300,000 volume and volume equivalents, and is open to the public.

The law school is renowned for educating a multitude of highly esteemed judges, political figures and founders of prestigious private law firms. Due to its long tradition of providing evening education, the college has also produced highly successful business leaders, particularly in the real estate, engineering, and oil and gas industries, who are non-practicing attorneys. The student body commonly includes medical doctors, university professors, military officers, and professionals from other fields. The School of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

The current dean of Oklahoma City University School of Law is Lawrence Hellman, who succeeded Rennard Strickland, a noted legal historian and former Dean of the University of Oregon School of Law, and the Honorable Robert Harlan Henry, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.


  • Oklahoma's first law school.
  • Oklahoma's largest law school.

Notable Alumni and Students

Johnston Murray 1946 Governor, State of Oklahoma 1951-1955
Marian P. Opala 1953 Justice, Supreme Court of Oklahoma 1978-Present
Stewart Hunter 1962 Judge, Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, Retired
Yvonne Kauger 1969 Justice, Supreme Court of Oklahoma
Mickey Edwards 1969 United States Representative who served eight terms in United States House of Representatives, Author, Political Commentator, Professor
Carol M. Hansen 1974 Judge, Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals 1985-Present
Patricia D. MacGuigan 1975 Judge, Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals 1982-1991
Niles L. Jackson 1975 Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Oklahoma (2003-Present)
Ernest Istook 1976 United States Representative who served seven terms in United States House of Representatives
James R. Winchester 1977 Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Oklahoma 2007, Justice, 2000-2006
Andrew K. Benton 1979 President and Chief Executive Officer, Pepperdine University[1]
Robert "Bob" Burke 1979 Secretary of Commerce, State of Oklahoma; Secretary of Industrial Development, State of Oklahoma, Manager - David L. Boren for U.S. Senate Campaign, 1978; American Biographer and Essayist, Oklahoma Hall of Fame, 2006
James G. Wilcoxen 1979 Chief Justice, Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, 2007
Reta M. Strubhar 1981 Judge, Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, 1993-2005, First woman appointed to and serving on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals
Hannah Diggs Atkins Attended 1985-1986, Politician, Noted Public Servant, Civil Rights Leader[2]
Hamden H. Baskin 1983 Attorney for Michael Schiavo
Norma Eagleton 1988 Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner, First woman to serve on Oklahoma Corporation Commission 1979-1989
Jeff Cloud 1991 Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner, Oklahoma Corporation Commission 2004-Present[3]

Publications at the Oklahoma City University School of Law

Students of the Juris Doctor (JD) program are involved in preparing and publishing:

  • Oklahoma City University Law Review - The Law Review is published three times a year. It has been published for more than 25 years and includes articles from professors, practioners, judges, and OCU Law students. The OCU Law Review provides the opportunity for students to write and edit scholarly articles while being exposed to viewpoints and commentaries written by authors from the United States, as well as internationally. Membership is highly selective and third-year members have the opportunity to serve on the Law Review’s Board of Editors. Service on the law review is an integral part of the educational experience for those students selected for it. In recent years, the law review has published symposia on topics of importance to Oklahoma practioners.
  • Oklahoma Tribal Court Reports
  • The Gavel
  • Conference on Consumer Finance Quarterly Report


The School of Law offers Juris Doctor programs for full-time and part-time students. Oklahoma City University School of Law also offers students the ability to obtain a joint JD/MBA and to study abroad in China, Argentina, Spain and the Netherlands.


Alternative Dispute Resolution Center

Oklahoma City University School of Law provides a negotiation, mediation, and arbitration program designed to settle disputes in lieu of litigation in the Courts.

Native American Legal Resource Center

The Native American Legal Resource Center provides services to tribal governments in the State of Oklahoma and those across the United States.

Center on State Constitutional Law and Government

The Center on State Constitutional Law and Government was founded to develop and implement programs dedicated to the improvement of state constitutions and state governance.

Externship Program

Oklahoma City University School of Law offers a Government Law Externship program that provides extensive opportunities for students to gain practical experience in the practice of public law.