WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University is considering a plan to join the dynamic development downtown and move its law school into one of the city’s historic buildings, President Tom McDaniel announced this week.
Fred Hall, chairman, president and CEO of the Fred Jones Companies, said the school could create an anchor for the western side of downtown Oklahoma City, forming a legal district much like the medical district that anchors downtown’s eastern edge.
McDaniel said the new space would bring OCU’s law school and law library under one roof and create new opportunities for students.
“Downtown Oklahoma City provides an excellent environment for our law school,” McDaniel said. “Private legal offices and the county courthouse will be in close proximity and ongoing improvements downtown fit seamlessly with our future plans for OCU LAW. This is an exciting time to be a part of our great city and we are proud to be Oklahoma City’s university.”
The school has signed a letter of intent to lease more than 180,000 square feet in a renovated Fred Jones Building. Transportation initiatives included in the MAPS 3 proposal are vital to the project, McDaniel said. If the proposal passes, the law school could relocate in about 3 years.