A former senior vice president and general counsel of Devon Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City, Duke Ligon is now an owner and manager of Mekusukey Oil Company. Before serving in these roles, Duke Ligon graduated from the University of Texas Law School and practiced law for 12 years.
The first year of law school is intimidating for new students, so here are a few tips to help you get through.
1. Know that you will have to take in a lot of information from the start. The volume of work presented in your first year of law school is immense and a major contributing factor to first-year dropout rates of 20-40 percent. Be prepared, and create a study schedule that gives you time for all the reading you need to do.
2. Start using bar review materials as early as possible. These provide outlines of cases and preparatory examination questions similar to the ones you are likely to face. This makes the materials an excellent resource, especially for creating mock exams.
3. Create a study area that is devoid of distractions. Be clear to others about when you need to study, and consider removing the TV from the room so you aren’t tempted.
Attorney and businessman Duke Ligon serves as president and CEO of the company he established more than 40 years ago, Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC. The company is among the nation's largest privately held businesses focused on acquiring and managing perpetual mineral resources; it conducts business in Oklahoma and more than 20 other states. Mekusukey maintains offices in Wewoka and in Oklahoma City. Duke Ligon and his staff oversee operations covering approximately 80,000 net mineral acres.