Oklahoma law school reports diverse student body


January 21, 2018

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Seventy years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for nonwhite students to attend the only taxpayer-funded law school in Oklahoma.

On Jan. 12, 1948, voting 9-0 in Sipuel v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma, the court ruled states could not discriminate against law-school applicants due to race.

Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher — denied admission in 1946 because she was black — began law school classes at OU in the summer of 1949 and graduated two years later.

Not only was Fisher the only black student pursuing a law degree at OU in 1950, she was one of only thr...

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