Advising

Advising for all of OU’s residential undergraduates is two-fold: they receive general, intensive advising through the Adawe LifePlan Center, focused on success in the first and second years; as they approach graduation, they also work with faculty advisors who teach within their chosen majors.

Striving for Excellence
Law schools set high expectations for applicants’ academic achievement, and cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) is an important element in their calculations. Advisors and faculty work closely with students to clarify course assignments and learning outcomes, to design each semester for success, and to guide learning strategy development.

Self-Assessment
The Adawe LifePlan Center’s Career Development program [link] provides many opportunities for students to appraise their professional qualities, character traits, academic skills, and interests. Self-assessment is an important first step as students decide to dedicate themselves to the study of law.

Building Relationships
Because OU’s residential undergraduates enjoy low student-to-instructor ratios, students have unique opportunities to build professional relationships with their professors. These relationships prepare students to enter law school as active and confident participants who seek out mentors, ask critical questions, and think independently. And when students work in OU’s student government, organizations, and academic seminars to demonstrate their intellectual strength, their expressive skills, and their analytical thinking, professors are well positioned to provide effective letters of recommendation.

Testing Performance
Students applying to law schools must take the LSAT to demonstrate their abilities in reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning.

Applying for Admission to Law Schools
For students preparing for law school, the application process can seem daunting, especially with many schools’ deadlines scheduled during the height of the final Fall semester, when grades are most critical. Through workshops and one-on-one sessions, OU’s advisors—both in the disciplines and in the Adawe Center—provide strategies and support for deciding where to apply, organizing multiple applications, obtaining letters of reference, practicing interview skills, and writing statements of purpose. Law schools are looking for broadly educated, articulate, analytical, and informed applicants who are knowledgeable and curious about the social, political, economic, and personal dimensions of the law.