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University of Oklahoma College of Law
|University of Oklahoma College of Law|
|Dean||Joseph Harroz, Jr.|
|Location||Norman, OK, US|
|Faculty||34 (See List)|
|Outlines||0 (See List)|
The law school began in 1909 by a resolution from the Board of Regents. It opened at the beginning of the next school year in September 1909. The first dean was Professor Julien C. Monnet of The George Washington University Law School. When it began, it shared space in the Science Building before moving to the basement of the Carnegie Building. The early law professors made the law school at Oklahoma the law school of Oklahoma and perhaps of the Southwest. Many graduates of OU Law were accepted for further studies by schools such as Harvard and Yale. In its 2007 publication U.S. News & World Report ranked the law school ranks 80th among the nation's "Top 100 law schools".
In 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Sipuel v. Oklahoma State Regents that Oklahoma could not bar African American students from its, at the time, all white law school. This was a landmark case in the early civil rights movement. A garden, located between Jacobson Hall and Carpenter Hall, now stands in honor of this event.
In 2002, the current location of the law school, Andrew Coats Hall, opened. It is named after the current law school dean, Andrew Coats who is an OU law school graduate.
- Norman Campus Enrollment Summary, Falls of 2001-2005,
- Long, Charles F. With Optimism For the Morrow: A History of The University of Oklahoma, (September 1965)
- Top Law Schools, America's Best Graduate Schools 2007