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OU College of Law introduces undergraduates to law student life

Darla Shelden Story by on February 28, 2012 . Click on author name to view all articles by this author. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

The University of Oklahoma, College of Law (OU Law) will hold it’s annual Diversity Day program on March 2, in the Dick Bell Court Room. The event allows those interested in pursuing a legal education to experience a day in the life of a law student with OU Law’s faculty and current students. Photo provided

By Darla Shelden
Contributing Writer


The University of Oklahoma, College of Law (OU Law) will hold it’s annual Diversity Day program on March 2, in the Dick Bell Court Room, 300 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The OU Student Bar Association is hosting the event as a part of their Diversity Week efforts. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided.


Diversity Day will allow those interested in pursuing a legal education to experience a day in the life of a law student with OU Law’s faculty and current students. Assistant Dean of Students, Scott Palk will welcome participants and give an introduction to Diversity at OU Law.


“OU Law’s Diversity Day is a fun and informative event where high school and undergraduate students will learn more about OU Law and the process of applying to law school,” said Dean Palk. “At OU Law, we welcome prospective students year-round, not just during events like Diversity Day. Admissions staff is always available to lead tours and answer questions. Prospective students may email tour@law.ou.edu to schedule a visit any time.”


The agenda for the daylong forum includes attending a sample law class, complete with “Socratic Method” taught by a current OU Law faculty member. There will be logistical information on applications, financial aid and student selection. A host of speakers will discuss career avenues, the state of the profession in Oklahoma, and the different organizations available at the college.


“The event is held yearly here at OU Law and we welcome undergraduate students and high school students who are interested in a career in law,” said Valerie Fleurima, Diversity Day Chairperson. “It is a great opportunity for someone who has an interest in the area of law to come and tour the school and take a “mock class” and to find additional information about what steps they should take to start a career in law.”


There will be an opportunity to meet with a Kaplan representative about the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or college entrance exams, to tour the law school and to participate in a discussion panel with law professionals.
Susan Wilson, OU Law Director of Admissions, Scholarships and Recruiting will speak about the admission process for entrance into the law school.


Elizabeth Base, Associate Director, Office of Professional and Career Development, will discuss student services and career advancement opportunities. Executive Council Calvert Assistant, Patrick Moore will speak about the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) prep and will present a slide show created by Princeton Review.
OU Law Professor Randall Coyne will conduct the mock law class and a student panel will answer questions from participants.


“Our Diversity Day is a longstanding tradition at the College of Law. Students from across the state of Oklahoma, will have a chance to sit in a class, meet with current students, and learn about the over 50 different student organizations at the College of Law — all with varying interests, but one common law school family,” said Jeff Riles, third year law student, and President of the Student Bar Association at the University of Oklahoma. “From the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Black Law Student Association, to United Students, an organization focused on LGBT equality, the OU College of Law is proud of its diverse community.”


The Dick Bell Courtroom, on the University of Oklahoma campus, is one of the largest and most technologically advanced courtrooms in the nation. The 250-seat venue has hosted appellate cases from the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals and the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. It has been the site for civil trials from the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and for a death penalty appeal from the Court of Criminal Appeals.


OU Law enrolls more than 500 students annually in its Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree programs. The John B. Turner LL.M. Program attracts students worldwide wishing to specialize in the college’s core areas: energy, natural resources and Native American law.


Students also have the opportunity to earn joint degrees, travel abroad and gain practical experience through numerous clinics, competitions and legal publications at OU Law. They also provide valuable legal services to the public through the OU Legal Clinic and Students for Access to Justice
“OU Law is committed to diversity and welcomes individuals from all cultural backgrounds to consider a career in law,” said Fleurima.


To register for the OU Law Diversity Day program visit jay.law.ou.edu/diversityday or contact Valerie Fleurima at Valerie.Fleurima-1@ou.edu.

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