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OU Law Places Fifth in First-Ever ABA Competitions Championship

OU Law Places Fifth

The OU College of Law placed fifth nationwide in the American Bar Association’s inaugural Competitions Championship.

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma College of Law placed fifth out of 156 law schools nationwide in the American Bar Association’s inaugural Competitions Championship.

The championship results were determined by a points system that recognizes team achievements and participation in the ABA Law Student Division’s four practical skills competitions: Arbitration Competition, Negotiation Competition, Client Counseling Competition and National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC Moot Court).

“We are incredibly proud that our competitions program is again receiving national recognition,” said OU Law Dean Joseph Harroz Jr. “Our students devote extensive time outside the classroom to build these skills, which will serve them throughout their professional careers. Their dedication, coupled with the unparalleled support from our faculty and alumni, have culminated in our success.”

This year, OU Law won the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, one of the largest law school tournaments in the country with 182 teams participating. In this moot court competition, students participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court.

The OU College of Law is nationally known as a top law school for competitions and moot court. In addition to winning the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, OU Law competition teams won two other national championships in 2018. For the last two years, OU Law has secured a spot in the top 5 law schools in the country for moot court by the Blakeley Advocacy Institute.

  • OU Law’s latest rankings and honors also include:
  • Top 10 Best Value Law School, National Jurist
  • Top 20 Most Innovative Law Schools in the nation, preLaw Magazine
  • Named an Apple Distinguished School for 2017-2019, Apple Inc.
  • 100 percent bar passage rate on the February 2018 Oklahoma bar exam for first-time exam takers, the highest in the state.

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