The Oxford Plan is an interdisciplinary major administered jointly by the departments of philosophy and political science and includes preferential admission policies at the School of Law. The major is patterned after the philosophy, politics, and economics major at the University of Oxford.
To participate in the Oxford Plan at Oklahoma City University, a student must satisfy any one of the following requirements:
1. A composite ACT score of 27 or higher;
2. A combined SAT score of 1210 or higher; or
3. A high school cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent). In addition, international students must have an internet-based TOEFL (IBT) score of 100 or higher.
Successful participants in the Oxford Plan qualify for preferred admission to the Oklahoma City University School of Law. A participant with an LSAT score of 155 or higher and an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher is guaranteed admission to the School of Law. Other participants receive a preference in admission to the School of Law over applicants from other undergraduate institutions. To qualify for guaranteed or preferred admission, the participant must meet the School of Law’s character and fitness requirements and apply by February 1.
Participants in the Oxford Plan may also qualify to complete their combined B.A. and J.D. degrees in only six years, rather than the usual seven years. Participants who successfully complete all of the requirements of the Oxford Plan and their foreign language requirement and are admitted to the School of Law may begin law school after only three years of undergraduate work. They receive their B.A. degrees after successfully completing the first year of law school. For complete details, please see the School of Law’s Web site, http://law.okcu.edu/.
1. What courses will best prepare me for law school?
There is no specific curriculum of undergraduate courses that will guarantee success in law school, or admission to law school. Successful law students come from a variety of undergraduate majors including political science, English, history, philosophy, criminal justice, sociology, and accounting. However, in choosing classes and majors or minors, you need to keep two things in mind: first, law school admissions committees do look at the types of courses you have taken in terms of their depth and level of difficulty, and second, you need to take courses that will hone the kinds of abilities and skills you will need to get admitted to, and success in, the law school of your choice. These include ability to engage in analytical and logical reasoning; excellent reading, writing, research, and speaking skills: and broad knowledge of studies that have a bearing on the law. The Political Science Department endeavors to offer advanced courses that will assist you in developing such high-level preparation. In addition, its Pre-Law Track includes pre-professional courses that will enable you to "test" your interest in the study of law, as well as a thoughtful selection of classes from other majors.
2. How do law schools evaluate prospective students?
Law schools are looking for students who have the requisite ability and commitment to graduate. Most will look at (in descending order of importance) (1) your score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) - required by all accredited law schools, and primarily an examination of your logical/analytical reasoning and your reading comprehension; (2) your academic transcript (grades and kinds of classes taken); (3) the quality of application, especially your personal statement (4) and other indications of probable future success in the legal profession (e.g. extracurricular activities, work experience).
3. When is the best time to take the LSAT?
The best time is probably in June just after the completion of your junior year. (LSATs are also offered in October, December, and February.) An acceptable score on the June test maximizes your chances of early consideration by the law schools you apply to. Caution: June is not your best time if you are unprepared!! In order to maximize your law school options, you need to score as high on the LSAT as you are capable! We recommend at least six weeks of intensive preparation, either through self-paced study or by taking an LSAT preparation class. No later than the beginning of your junior year you need to pick up from a faculty member your (free) copy of the LSAT & LSDAD Registration and Information Book.
4. What is the best way to prepare for the LSAT?
There is no set answer - a lot depends on your learning style, and the amount you want to spend. Consult with faculty, and especially with students who have already taken the LSAT. You can take LSAT practice tests online if you would like.
5. If I don't expect to do as well as I would like, should I plan to retake the LSAT?
Since some law schools average your scores, we advise taking the tine to prepare on the first round.
6. How many, and what kinds of, law schools should I apply to?
An obvious consideration in selecting law schools is the likelihood of your acceptance - schools vary considerably in their selectivity. Many schools publish grids that reflect the GPAs and LSAT scores of students who apply as compared to those who are accepted. These are available in The Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools, published by the Law School Admissions Council. Bear in mind, however, that the grids are only guides - you might be admitted if you don't "fit" the grid, or might not be if you do. Its best to apply to more than one school - consider applying to at least one school where you are likely to be accepted, and one or more schools where there is a chance of your being admitted.
7. What factors are important in evaluating law schools?
(1) Accreditation by the American Bar Association (ABA) is a sign of at least minimum acceptable quality. (2) Geographic location-pick an environment where you will be happy! (3) Financial assistance-how much, and what kinds is available. (4) Prestige of the School-based on many factors including past reputation, faculty caliber, its physical plant, and the success of graduates in passing bar examinations. Published rankings of law schools are not reliable; instead you should talk to people who are knowledgeable about the legal profession. (5) Curriculum-You will find that law school curricula for the first two years vary little from school to school; all schools give you a general overview of the law. However, your third year allows for specialization, and law schools differ in what they offer with regard to particular specializations (e.g. environmental law, international law). (6) Faculty-things to look for include faculty-to-student-ratios (the smaller the ratio, the more likely faculty will be accessible), and their professional experience (e.g. how much practical experience have they had, academic degrees, publications)) (8) The fit between your "personality" and the school's --Do you want to learn in a very competitive atmosphere (more likely at the most prestigious institutions) or in a more "friendly" and caring one? Again, visit the campus, and talk to current students!
The assistance of the P.A.D. Pre-Law Manual, published by the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, in preparing these guidelines, is hereby acknowledged.