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Oklahoma City University trustees near vote on law school's purchase of old Central High School building

The board will meet Oct. 24 to consider plans to acquire the 177,000 square-foot building at 800 N Harvey in Oklahoma City — worth an estimated $9.219 million.
by Tim Willert Published: October 12, 2012

Oklahoma City University law school officials are singing the praises of a proposed deal to move 550 students closer to the heart of the legal community.

Law school officials recently signed a purchase agreement with American Farmers and Ranchers Mutual Insurance for the historic former Central High School at 800 N Harvey in Oklahoma City.

The building is within walking distance of state and federal courthouses and what Valerie Couch, the law school's dean, calls “the state's most important concentration of law firms, government offices and corporate headquarters.”

“Our school already has strong relationships with the legal community, but moving to this downtown location would greatly increase the opportunities for our students to have meaningful externships and clerking experiences,” Couch said Friday.

“We think that once our students are downtown their opportunities for observation of court proceedings and trials are going to be greatly enhanced,” she added. “This is a big part of their legal education and will help them to get ready to practice law.”

The university's Board of Trustees will decide Oct. 24 whether to approve the agreement, Couch said Friday.

“We're making sure it's feasible, from a physical standpoint and a financial standpoint,” she said. “If the board approves the transaction, then we would plan to close on the purchase in early December.”

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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