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  •  OCU alumn here (none)
    There in 82-87. I was in the School of Music and Performing Arts, which (if you care about such things) is known as a training ground for world-class performers: opera singers and conductors; Tony-winning Broadway belters and hoofers; and, for a time (back when that mattered a bit more than now, which isn't much), Miss Americas (3, and counting, technically, I guess) and top-placing contestants (in 1987, the first- and second-runner-up were both classmates of mine, Maya Walker and Lori Lee Kelley: amazingly gorgeous and talented women).

    My impression of OCU's law school, then, was this. First, I believe you could study at night, which wasn't true of the state's principal law school at The University of Oklahoma. Second, it was more expensive (it's always been that way -- expensive by regional standards). I also think the perception that getting into OCU was easier than getting into OU. Then again, the sort of people who had the drive to work full-time while getting an at-night JD are not, in my opinion, really deserving derision.

    Finally, going to OCU's law school did not put you in the mainstream of networking and schmoozing to then go on and practice law within the state. I knew OU-trained lawyers through a church who seemed to have that opinion: OCU law-school grads were off the grid. Not incompetent, but unable to join in the sort of "back in the day" prattle that lubricates social interactions.


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