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Studying for an LLM in Oklahoma

Oklahoma is the 20th largest state in the USA and is bounded on the east by Arkansas and Missouri, on the north by Kansas, on the northwest by Colorado, on the far west by New Mexico, and on the south and near-west by Texas. With a population of 3.75 million the state’s population density is ranked as the 14th least in the nation.

Oklahoma is also geographically diverse with more than 10 distinct ecological regions. Western Oklahoma is part of Great Plains with a semi-arid climate. There are four mountains ranges, several natural forests, grasslands and rivers which add to its scenic beauty. The climatic conditions can however, pose problems at times as the location and positioning of the Oklahoma state make it prone to tornadoes and storms. It also benefits from various industries including oil refining, meat packing, food processing, and machinery manufacturing (especially construction and oil equipment).

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International students in Oklahoma

According to the 2012 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, Oklahoma is welcoming an increasing number of overseas students. During the 2011-12 academic year, 8,722 international students enrolled in Oklahoma colleges and universities. The state is a popular study destination for international students as it is beautiful, peaceful and scenic while offering the highest quality of education at an affordable price.

Where & what to study in Oklahoma

There are various institutions that offer LLM programs in Oklahoma including the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa.

Several Master of Laws specialisations are available at these law schools including natural resources, international energy, indigenous people, law and economics, intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, environmental law, international and comparative law, securities and financial regulation, global health law, international business and economic law and taxation.

Applications & admissions

The USA is a popular study destination for international students, as result universities receive a large number of applications each year. Therefore, admissions are competitive and a high standard will be expected from the admission applications and previous academic performance to gain admission into the LLM programmes. All foreign candidates must demonstrate high academic record in their first degree in law (which must be from a university recognised by the American Bar Association or its foreign equivalent) and must demonstrate proof of their English language proficiency by submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores. In terms of the application procedure your admission application should include an application form (usually completed electronically), application fee, curriculum vitae, personal statement, letters of recommendation, official transcripts and TOEFL score report.

Tuition fees & living costs

The tuition costs for studying an LLM in Oklahoma is lower than in many states of the US making studying here an affordable option. The fees general range from $25,000 to $35,000 depending on the institution of your choice. The fees is also subject to annual increment, therefore you are strongly advised to check the fees for your intended year of study.

Living expenses will vary according to the lifestyle of the individual but a student may wish to set aside an annual budget of $25,000 to $30,000 for accommodation, food, books and other personal expenses. While some institutions offer financial aid, students are expected to have sufficient funds to finance their course and to satisfy the visa clearance officer regarding proof of funding. Seeking part time work may also be a potential option but you must comply with all terms and conditions of your entry visa which only permits students to work for 20 hours a week. You may also bear in mind that the rigours of a master’s course may not leave sufficient time for working.    

What to do when you aren't studying

Oklahoma City is the capital city of the state and is the largest city. It is a bustling cosmopolitan city with a population from different socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities. As the capital city of the state it offers high quality of living and a modern and sophisticated urban life experience. What attracts many to the city is a low crime rate, community experience, friendly people, clean air and easy commutes. There are many things to do including visiting several markets, arts and music scene, trendy coffee shops, museums, and happening nightlife. The city’s clubs, restaurants and bars are lively and open until late.

What other US states can you study in?

There are plenty of LLM opportunities for those interested in the living and studying in the United States and we have essential LLM study guides to over 20 US states, including:



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