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OU Pre-Law Scholars Program

Description, scope, and purpose of the program


A limited number of students (up to 25 per year) will be selected to join the Pre-Law Scholars Program (PLSP) before their enrollment as undergraduates at OU. The Pre-Law Scholars Program will allow these highly motivated Honors College students interested in the practice of law or judicial service to complete both a Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor at the University of Oklahoma in six years.

In order to be selected for the Pre-Law Scholars Program (PLSP), incoming freshman students must first be admitted to OU and the Honors College, then complete the PLSP application by the January 15th deadline. PLSP offers will be made no later than March 1st.

Pre-Law Scholars will spend their first three years enrolled in undergraduate courses, fulfilling the requirements of the Honors College and their majors/minors. By the end of the third year they must have completed a minimum of 98 hours of undergraduate credit, including all degree requirements except electives, with at least 30 semester credit hours (15 upper-division major credit courses) in residence at OU, prior to the first day of law school. (By accepting the first year of law school course work as elective credits in the final year of undergraduate study, the Pre-Law Scholars Program cuts a full year from the standard 7-year path to a Juris Doctor.)

Program participants take the LSAT and apply for admission to the OU Law School during their third year. Application fees will be waived for students applying to OU Law through the Pre-Law Scholars Program. All Pre-Law Scholars who meet the following criteria will be guaranteed admission to the Law School:

  • Earn an LSAT score that is at or above the median LSAT score for the prior year’s entering class at the OU Law School
  • Earn a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.4
  • Successful completion of Pre-Law Scholars program, which includes advising appointments, law school class visitation, a pre-law event designed for Pre-Law Scholars, and a reception with the Dean of the Law School
  • No criminal arrests or convictions that would make you otherwise ineligible for admission to the Bar upon graduation from the Law School 

Tuition, Scholarships and Financial Aid

Pre-Law Scholars will pay OU undergraduate tuition and fees while enrolled in undergraduate courses, and OU Law School tuition and fees while enrolled in Law School courses.

University of Oklahoma merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students, such as the National Merit Award, Regent’s Award, Institutional Nominee, Award of Excellence, and the Distinguished Scholar Award, may be extended through the fourth year of study when enrolled as a law student if the student is also finishing requirements for his/her undergraduate degree – pending approval from the Student Financial Center.

These merit based awards are not extended beyond the fourth year of the accelerated Juris Doctor program, even if the student takes more than four years to complete the Bachelor’s degree. (Exceptions are made for the five-year tuition waiver offered to National Merit Scholars for undergraduate or graduate education at OU.)

Any federal or state financial aid that Pre-Law Scholars receive for undergraduate studies will not be transferred to OU Law School. Prior to enrolling at OU Law, scholars should apply for scholarships and financial aid specific to law students. 

For More Information

For more information, contact Lori Williams-DeKalb, J.D., Pre-Law Advisor

Email: loridekalb@ou.edu

Phone: 405-325-1596