Rutgers School of Law — Camden

Founded in 1766, Rutgers University is one of the oldest and largest public research institutions of higher learning in the nation. Located at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, minutes from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia, our 40-acre, tree-lined urban law school at the Camden campus is proud to continue this tradition of academic excellence. https://asoft4209.accrisoft.com/emlf/clientuploads/images/rutgers.jpg

Rutgers School of Law–Camden is a vital center of legal education, strengthened by our 54 exceptional research and clinical faculty and their continued commitment to scholarship and teaching.

Our 10 clinical and 15 pro bono programs merge the practical theories and skills of lawyering and— by our best estimate—deliver 40,000 hours of legal assistance to the Delaware Valley each year.

The law school’s more than 9,000 alumni are leading members of the bar in the public and private sectors. Distinguished alumni include two governors of the state of New Jersey, a U.S. Ambassador, a Justice of the Virgin Islands Supreme Court, members of Congress, the Army’s first female judge advocate general, numerous sitting and former federal and state judges, corporate counsel, and partners in outstanding large and small firms throughout the nation.

For more information, visit camlaw.rutgers.edu or download the brochure.

Washburn University School of Law


Washburn University School of Law was founded in 1903 and admitted to the American Association of Law Schools in 1905. Washburn is known for its collegial student-oriented learning environment that emphasizes the effective practice of law. For over 40 years Washburn has run a model clinical legal education program where students receive one-on-one faculty instruction and supervision in representing actual clients in and out of the courtroom. It is not unusual for a Washburn law student to graduate having represented a client in a jury trial or a trial before the court, or in an appellate or administrative proceeding. Washburn law students have argued cases before the Kansas Supreme Court, the Kansas Court of Appeals, state and federal district courts, tribal courts, administrative agencies, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Legal research and writing is another area of faculty emphasis. Like Washburn’s clinical program, the legal writing program is staffed by tenured and tenure-track professors. The faculty has consistently insisted that all faculty teaching in the clinical and writing programs should have the same professional status as any other member of the faculty. This has allowed Washburn to attract, and retain, the very best faculty for these important teaching positions.

About Washburn’s Oil & Gas Law Program

Since 1989 Washburn has offered an extensive curriculum in oil and gas law. Courses that focus on various aspects of oil and gas law include: Oil and Gas Law; Advanced Oil and Gas Law; Mineral Title Examination; Oil and Gas Conservation Law and Practice; Environmental Regulation of the Oil and Gas Industry; Oil and Gas Taxation; Directed Research in Oil and Gas Law; Independent Study in Oil and Gas Law; Oil and Gas Law Externship; Drafting Contracts and Conveyances; and Energy Regulation. Washburn also provides a rigorous program of extracurricular study where students can further develop their oil and gas law knowledge and skills by participating in special programs offered at the law school and by attending programs offered by other organizations, such as the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and the Institute for Energy Law of the Center for American and International Law. Students also have the opportunity to obtain a Certificate in Oil and Gas Law.

Oil and Gas Law Center

The Washburn faculty, administration, and Board of Regents, have made an institutional commitment to the study of oil and gas law by unanimously approving the creation of the Washburn Oil and Gas Law Center. As noted in the downloadable brochure, the Center exists to provide students with learning opportunities in and out of the classroom and to provide useful scholarship on oil and gas issues of interest to students and the general legal community.

Certificate in Oil and Gas Law

Students who desire to concentrate their elective studies on oil and gas law can seek a Certificate in Oil and Gas Law. The Certificate is Faculty recognition the student has successfully completed a structured program of oil and gas law study that includes the following:

Course Work: 16 Hours Total, Comprised of the Following:

Required Courses. Oil and Gas Law (LW 740, 3 Hours); Advanced Oil and Gas Law (LW 855, 3 Hours).

Optional Curriculum Courses. 10 credit hours selected from the courses listed below.

  • Directed Research in Oil and Gas Law (LW 763, 1-2 Hours)
  • Drafting Contracts and Conveyances (LW 946, 1 Hour)
  • Energy Regulation (LW 803, 2 Hours)
  • Environmental Law (LW 744, 3 Hours)
  • Environmental Regulation of the Oil and Gas Industry (LW 967, 1 Hour)
  • Externship in Oil and Gas Law (LW 921 & LW 922, 2-4 Hours)
  • Federal Indian Law (LW 841, 3 Hours)
  • Independent Study in Oil and Gas Law (LW 969, 1-2 Hours)
  • Mineral Title Examination (LW 952, 1 Hour)
  • Oil and Gas Conservation Law and Practice (LW 966, 1 Hour)
  • Oil and Gas Taxation (LW 968, 1 Hour)
  • Public Land Law (LW 747, 3 Hours)
  • Water Rights (LW 742, 3 Hours)

Extracurricular Study

100 hours of extracurricular programming approved in advance by the Center Director. Throughout the year extracurricular opportunities will be posted, including programs and special projects sponsored by the Oil and Gas Law Center. Students can also identify programs and projects for review by the Center Director.  The Center Director will assign the time that will be credited to an approved extracurricular activity.

Practical Professional Experience in Oil and Gas Law

Students must complete a practical professional experience where they have the opportunity to experience oil and gas law in action. This requirement may be met through an appropriate externship, internship, or other work-related relationship. It may be fulfilled in conjunction with an approved extracurricular activity. The goal is to bring students together with oil and gas practitioners to actively participate in addressing legal issues as they unfold.

Writing Requirement

Complete the upper level writing requirement (or equivalent writing project) on a pre-approved Oil and Gas Law topic. Students may satisfy the Certificate writing requirement through Directed Research (LW763) or an alternative writing opportunity approved in advance by the Center Director. Students must receive a grade of “B” or better on the paper they submit to satisfy the writing requirement.

General Requirements

Students interested in pursuing the Certificate must first meet with the Center Director to declare their interest and plan a course of study. When possible, this should be done prior to completing 40 hours of study.

The student must complete 90 hours of total law school credit and achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the 17 hours of courses selected by the student to meet the Certificate requirements. Students who obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for courses used to satisfy Certificate requirements will be awarded the Certificate in Oil and Gas Law (with distinction).

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West Virginia  University College of Law

The West Virginia University College of Law established the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development in 2011. As an energy and environmental public policy and research organization, the Center focuses on promoting practices that will balance the continuing demand for energy
wvulaw-emlf-logoresources — and the associated economic benefits — alongside the need to reduce the environmental impacts of developing the earth’s natural  resources.

The energy industry in West Virginia is the cornerstone of the state’s economy, and the Center is well positioned to play a prominent role in shaping the energy and environmental policies of the future. The Center’s activities revolve around the following issues:

  • Training the next generation of energy and environmental attorneys. An important feature of the Center is its location at the WVU College of Law, which enables law students to be integrally involved in virtually all of the activities of the Center as well as the inter-disciplinary research being conducted on energy issues across the WVU campus. The College of Law offers a broad curriculum of courses focused on energy, the environment, and sustainability, and hosts the annual National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition that attracts law school teams from across the country.
  • Sustainable practices in development of energy resources. The development of energy resources, whether through extraction of coal through surface mining or the use of hydraulic fracturing to secure natural gas supplies, can result in adverse environmental impacts on air and water quality.
  • Sustainable practices in land use policies. The policies and practices governing land use within communities are fundamental to sustainability and protection of ground and surface water quality and quantity.
  • Development of clean energy resources. The Center will be involved in the development and implementation of Clean Technology policies and practices for the energy industry of the future. These policies include encouraging the development of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology for fossil fuel-fired generation; renewable energy sources (e.g., wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydro), distributed generation resources (e.g., high efficiency combined heat and power or cogeneration), and energy efficiency and conservation.
  • The role of utilities in pursuing clean energy objectives. Energy utilities play an integral role in pursuing clean energy objectives, through their procurement policies with respect to renewable energy, clean energy resources (including coal or natural gas with CCS, as well as nuclear energy), distributed generation, and the implementation of effective energy efficiency and conservation programs.

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Appalachian School of Law — Natural Resources Law Program

Our story
Excitement is growing over the official launch of ASL’s Natural Resources Law Program in 2013.  The NRLP is intended to provide a place for rational discussion, intelligent debate and collaboration by engaging both students and the surrounding community in efforts to balance our very real energy needs with stewardship of our land and natural resources.

A few years back, ASL formulated a plan to create a nationally-recognized natural resources law program.  The goal was to take advantage of ASL’s location in the heart of Appalachia’s coal and gas fields, to attract high quality students with an interest in this area of the law, to provide a resource both to the surrounding community and to the many energy and mineral employers in the region, and to enhance ASL’s academic reputation.  Now, due to the foundation that has been laid by many dedicated stakeholders, faculty members, Board members, students and friends of ASL, the NRLP is ready to launch.

The Governor’s First Biennial Natural Resources and Energy Law Symposium
The NRLP will be formally rolled out the ASL-hosted Governor’s First Biennial Natural Resources and Energy Law Symposium on September 23, 2013 in Abingdon, Virginia.  There, respected legal experts will interact with ASL professors in examining topics relevant to practice in natural resources law, particularly as they relate to the Appalachian region.  The 2013 program will focus on “The Future of Energy,” and bring all sides together for rational discussion about how to responsibly address some of the country’s most pressing energy challenges.

Representatives from industry, the environmental community, government, and academia will engage in intelligent debate in an atmosphere of civil discourse on a range of important contemporary topics.  Additional information is available at http://www.asl.edu/Admissions/Natural-Resources-and–Energy-Law-Symposium.html. ASL plans to host such a symposium biennially.

Our curriculum
The core of the NRLP is its curriculum.  Drawing on ASL’s diverse and highly qualified faculty, all with significant relevant practice experience, the school demonstrated its commitment to the NRLP by greatly expanding course offerings in areas related to natural resources.  Current offerings include:
•    Natural Resources Law
•    Environmental Law
•    Sustainable Energy Law
•    Coal Law
•    Oil & Gas Law
•    The Law of Renewables
•    Real Estate Transactions
•    Environmental Dispute Resolution
•    Water Law
•    Appellate Advocacy – Natural Resources

Our certificate program
The deep curriculum allows the NRLP to offer a specialized Certificate in Natural Resources Law, so students can highlight for prospective employers their commitment and knowledge in this area.  To achieve the certificate, a student must complete at least 15 hours of natural resources related coursework with at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Our partners
The formal launch also allows the NRLP to highlight other keystones of the Program that have been put in place over the past several years.  ASL’s ongoing relationship with the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF), for example, provides opportunities for scholarship awards, continuing legal education and networking with leading energy and mineral practitioners.  Further, for the past several years, ASL has partnered with Virginia Tech to offer a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Natural Resources; this program reflects the interdisciplinary approach of the NRLP and allows students to take graduate level classes from one of the nation’s premier natural resources programs.

ASL has also built an advisory Task Force of leading attorneys and representatives of the energy industry, the environmental community and regulatory agencies. The Task Force meets regularly and advises ASL on the real-world legal, industrial and environmental landscape in order to develop the strategic direction of the NRLP.

Of course, none of the NRLP’s ambitious goals can be met without the generous institutional support of ASL and further support from several of its friends.  The NRLP has received over $300,000 in significant gifts from area foundations, industry and individuals to further its mission. The W. Arthur & Frankie Mae (McGlothlin) Street Distinguished Visitor Fund provides for faculty, staffing and program initiatives, and a local foundation issued a matching challenge of $25,000 per year for five years. A leading energy company has met the challenge with a $25,000 scholarship; subject to annual review, the scholarship will be renewed for four additional years. An anonymous individual donor celebrated the holidays in December with a $10,000 gift to the NRLP to honor family and friends. In addition, Dominion Energy made a $95,000 grant award to Professor Buzz Belleville to examine wind energy development in Virginia.

Career benefits of the NRLP
Between the partnerships ASL has fostered and the training ASL provides, ASL students are finding increasing career opportunities in natural resources, environmental and energy law.  Current and former employers of ASL grads in these areas of law include:

  • Alpha Coal Sales
  • Alpha Natural Resources
  • British Petroleum
  • CNX Land Resources
  • Creekmore Law Firm
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Equitable Resources
  • EQT Production Company
  • Frontier Energy Group
  • Jackson Kelly
  • Jones & Associates
  • Mountain Institute
  • Noble Energy
  • Penn, Stuart & Eskridge
  • Rhino Energy
  • Shell Oil
  • Steptoe & Johnson
  • Teco Coal Corporation
  • The Street Law Firm
  • VA Dept. of Environmental Quality
  • Western Land Services
  • Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs
  • York Professional Land Services

Our student organizations and moot court teams
Among ASL’s many student organizations, two of its most active are the Energy and Mineral Law Society (EMLS) and the Environmental Law Society (ELS).  Both organizations have organized speakers and panels at ASL.  In addition, EMLS hosted a successful CLE program on black lung in 2013, arranged for student trips to working coal mines, and frequently arranges tree-planting at abandoned coal mine sites on Arbor Day.  ELS hosts an annual “Green Bowl,” a Frisbee football tournament to raise funds.  In the past, those funds have been used to send local high school students to outdoor recreation camps in Roanoke and to purchase a recycling bin for the ASL campus.

ASL students also put out a dynamic Journal of Natural Resources Law (JNRL).  In addition to its own edition, the JNRL partners with EMLF to provide cite-checking and editing for the publication of EMLF’s Annual Institute.  The JNRL will also be publishing a journal of papers from the Biennial Natural Resources and Energy Law Symposium.

ASL fields highly successful moot court teams at competitions in all areas of the law.  Over the past several years, it has sent teams to nationally-recognized competitions in areas of environmental law and energy law.  In 2012, an ASL team reached the semi-finals of the National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition at West Virginia University; in 2013, ASL was the runner-up at the 72-school National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Pace University.

Externship, internship, summer courses and scholarship opportunities
ASL has a nationally recognized externship program for students between their first and second years at law school.  In recent years, with the help of the Task Force, ASL has been expanding natural resources law sites for externships.  In addition, ASL has started a competitive program for placing 2Ls at select natural resources, environmental and energy law sites for paid summer internships.  As a result of the expansion of the externship program, ASL has arranged 11 “premier” internships for rising 2Ls that include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Washington, D.C.;  Bristol Virginia Utilities – Bristol, Virginia;  Joanne Nolte, The Nolte Law Firm, P.C. – Richmond, VA; Josh Baker, Administrative Attorney for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development – Workers’ Compensation Division – Nashville, TN; Senator Mark Warner – Abingdon, VA; and Stephen W. Mullins, Stephen W. Mullins, P.C. – Dickenson County attorney for four local water authorities and two non-profit corporations.  Over the past year, ASL has more than doubled the number of natural resources and environmental law sites.

As part of its broader efforts, ASL has begun offering natural resources related summer courses, in order to provide greater curricular choices to ASL students, to allow the students to meet the certificate requirements, and eventually to attract students from other institutions.  Further, thanks to some of the partners listed above, ASL will begin awarding natural resources related scholarships.  This will allow ASL to attract the most qualified students with an interest in natural resources law.

Our leadership and faculty
Key drivers behind the NRLP launch include Program Counsel Dan Caldwell, a Principal and Shareholder of McElroy, Hodges, Caldwell and Thiessen.  Mr. Caldwell oversees the implementation of all aspects of the Program, coordinates the biennial Symposium, and leads efforts to establish relationships with representative consumers of the NRLP.

The NRLP draws on ASL’s diverse and highly qualified faculty, all with significant relevant practice experience.  Professor Paula Young, a nationally-recognized expert in alternative dispute resolution, is currently teaching Environmental ADR.  Professor Priscilla Harris is ASL’s authority on environmental statutes, and has been teaching environmental law at ASL since before the concept of an NRLP was developed.  Professor Buzz Belleville focuses on energy law and policy, climate change and the law of renewables.  He is working to assure the curricular foundation for the NRLP, advising the various student groups, and representing ASL with Virginia Tech and EMLF.  Professor Derrick Howard teaches the Natural Resources Law seminar and focuses on issues related to water law and environmental human rights.  As head of ASL’s externship program, he is working to expand site offerings and financial assistance for the summer placement of ASL’s natural resources students.  Professor Patrick Baker is ASL’s point person on hard mineral law.  He is also building relationships with professionals in relevant areas including lawyers with mineral rights specialties, corporate counsel for energy companies and representatives of governmental agencies.  Finally, Professor Danielle Kiser draws upon her considerable practical experience in mineral title abstracting in teaching real estate transactions.

About ASL
The Natural Resources Law Program is just one component of what makes ASL special.  Surrounded by the mountains and coal fields of southwest Virginia, ASL is committed to providing students practical legal experience, an approach other schools are only now beginning to embrace. ASL students serve their community as they complete their studies. ASL’s mission is to produce lawyers with a sense of professional responsibility who will become leaders in their communities. The school was founded in 1994, and the first class of 71 students was admitted in August 1997.

What sets ASL apart is its deep commitment to community service and leadership. ASL takes an innovative approach to education, going beyond just talking about the law to actually experiencing it through an emphasis on practical skills and an incomparable externship program. The curriculum is rigorous, but students are supported by a mentoring faculty, dedicated staff, and encouraging classmates. ASL maintains a focus on dispute resolution, ethics, and professional responsibility.

ASL professors aren’t just exceptional law scholars. They’ve also been in the trenches, practicing what they teach. Together, they have more than 325 years of law-practice experience. They’re approachable, accessible, and devoted to students’ success.

ASL is committed to developing community-minded leaders. That’s why students fulfill 25 hours of community service each semester, a standard matched by only about a dozen law schools in the country. Recent graduates volunteered nearly 25,000 hours during three years at ASL.  ASL maintains that the best kind of lawyers come from the best kind of people. That describes ASL students, whose backgrounds are as diverse as their goals. Some come from as far away as the Pacific Northwest and Pakistan. Many are from Virginia and surrounding states.

Some are fresh out of college; others have established careers in fields from medicine to auctioneering. All are driven to create bright futures for themselves and their communities.

Please visit our website, www.asl.edu, call us at 1.800.895.7411, or email admissions@asl.edu for more details on ASL, including the application process and financial aid.  You can find ASL on Facebook and Twitter, or speak with an admissions counselor via Skype.

Our future
With this foundation in place, it is easy to see that the future of the NRLP is an exciting one.  The 2013 launch is just the starting point.  In keeping with ASL’s commitment to community service and alternative dispute resolution, a central short-term goal is to develop a legal clinic both to provide a forum for addressing industry and community concerns, and to provide practical experience to ASL’s natural resources law students.  Developing dedicated physical space and the hard technology to support expansion of the NRLP is also on the short list of future plans.  Finally, the keystones described above give the NRLP great flexibility in offering, in the near future, a whole host of advanced opportunities for students.

By guiding students through the increasingly complex and ever-changing world of natural resources law, the NRLP will ultimately develop students into effective advocates and problem-solvers.  ASL envisions a place where students can be trained for rewarding careers in all aspects of natural resources law, where attorneys can advocate for the competing interests of natural resources commerce and protection, and where all can meet and find mutually sustainable solutions based on rational thought and cooperation.  ASL’s dynamism in launching the NRLP, its first real national initiative, will help secure the success of ASL for years to come.

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SMU Dedman School of Law

Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas, has been a leader among world law schools in re
smu_logosources-law education since its establishment in 1925.

Its more than 15,000 graduates have included outstanding private-practicing lawyers, corporate counsel and energy and resources company executives, and its full-time faculty over the past ninety years has included some of the most prominent legal theorists of resources law, including Wilmer D. Masterson, Jr,, Richard W. Hemingway,William J. Flittie, Eugene O Kuntz, Jeffrey M. Gaba, Sarah Tran, and John S. Lowe. Resources lawyers around the world work with the fruits of the labors of SMU’s scholars, and the full-time faculty are joined by as strong a group of adjuncts as exist in the US.

Students at SMU may take courses in Energy and Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law, Oil and Gas Environmental Law, Oil and Gas Contracts – Domestic and International, Oil and Gas Taxation, Mineral Title Examination, Environmental Law, Advanced Environmental Law (global warming), International Environmental Law, Regulation of Hazardous Substances (RCRA/CERCLA), Intellectual Property, Innovation and the Environment, and Regulation and Deregulation, as well as directed researches in any subject related to energy or the environment.

The school also boasts an Energy Law Society, an Environmental Law Society, and a student chapter of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, and participates in a variety of moot courts related to energy and the environment.

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The University of Oklahoma College of Law

The University of Oklahoma College of Law is at the forefront in its offering of legal courses focusing on energy and natural resources. Juris doctorate students can now earn specialized certificates in Energy Law and Natural Resources Law. In addition, OU Law offers an LL.M. degree in International Energy and Natural Resources Law, as well as a new Master of Legal Studies in Energy and Natural Resources.OU-Law-logo for EMLF

Sending a large number of graduates each year into energy-related fields and practices, OU Law is producing students specifically trained for careers in energy.

“OU College of Law has a rich heritage and tradition as one of the great law schools in the country in energy and natural resources law” OU Law Dean Joe Harroz said. “OU Law’s expertise in energy and natural resources law would not be possible without the support of the energy companies, who support our course offerings, scholarships, internships and externships. Thanks to these partnerships, we are able to build on the successes of our past to provide unparalleled opportunities to our students.

Energy industry leaders consistently work with the OU College of Law to enhance the legal education experience available to students. From sponsoring and participating in programs coordinated by the Office of Career Services, to funding student scholarships, to hiring students as interns and graduates as full-time employees, the continued support of our corporate energy partners demonstrates their commitment to a first-class, affordable legal education.

Energy and Natural Resources Juris Doctor Course Offerings

Energy Law – This course comprehensively examines energy law and covers the history, economics, and environmental considerations relevant to energy regulation; the regulatory context and policies espoused by that context; particular issues relevant to hydro, coal, oil, gas, nuclear, solar, and wind power; and the nexus between energy law and climate change.

Environmental Law – This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the common law and statutory approaches pertaining to environmental issues such as population, economic growth, energy and pollution.

Federal Indian Water Law – Water rights increasingly present critical legal and economic development challenges in Oklahoma and throughout the West, challenges that are made more complex by the interplay of state law rights and federal-law protected American Indian Tribal rights. This course explores the history and policy that have shaped this area of the law through an examination of foundational Indian law cases and history, the substantive rules of federal Indian law cases, and the complex intergovernmental processes in which these rules are applied.

International Environmental Law  – This courseprovides a general introduction to the formation and history of public international law and the international legal system, then examines issues of transboundary pollution and environmental protection. Within that context, the course examines the opportunities and obstacles to addressing global climate change.

International Petroleum Transactions – This course considers the legal issues and transactions relating to the exploration, production, and marketing of petroleum-the largest and most important commodity traded worldwide.

Mineral Title Examination – This course examines the encompassing comparative laws of Oklahoma, Texas, and other oil producing states. It examines the study of relevant law and preparation of a mineral title opinion.

Native American Natural Resources – After an overview of the history of U.S. native policy and the basic doctrines of Indian law, this course covers a variety of issues relating to tribal interests in and jurisdiction over environmental resources. Course coverage includes tribal rights to land; land use and environmental protection in Indian country; economic and natural resource development issues (including grazing, minerals, timber and taxation); water rights; hunting and fishing rights; as well as international perspectives on indigenous resources. Throughout the course, students will consider the roles of the tribal, federal, and state governments in resource regulation and use.

Oil and Gas – This course explores the nature of property interests in oil and gas; conveyancing of interests in oil and gas; legal interests created by oil and gas leases; validity of leases; habendum, drilling, and rental clauses; assignment of interests of lessor and lessee; rents and royalties; and conservation of oil and gas.

Oil and Gas Contracts  – This course focuses on the examination of contracts used in the oil and gas industry for exploration, production, and development of oil and gas properties and for investment; the nature of the relationships created by such contracts; the rights and duties of the parties; income tax consequences and governmental regulation of such contracts.

Oil and Gas Practice – This course is an examination of, and practical skills approach into, oil and gas practice in Oklahoma. It examines how oil and gas wells are drilled in Oklahoma and the important rules, regulations and statutes that govern many facets of oil and gas exploration and conservation.

Title Examination and Assurance – Conveyances, with emphasis on the examination of abstracts of title to real property.

Water Law – This course covers the system of water rights; riparian, appropriation, and prescriptive rights; stream, surface, and ground water; transfer and termination of rights; injuries caused by water; development of water supplies; federal-state, interstate, and intrastate conflicts; water pollution control; federal and Indian rights; and federal water resource problems.

Wind Law – This course covers wind project development, state and federal legislative and regulatory status and processes, permitting processes, and construction and other document negotiation and content.


The department is led by Owen L. Anderson, the Eugene Kuntz Chair of Law in Oil, Gas and Natural Resources, George Lynn Cross Research Professor, and Director of the John B. Turner LL.M. Program in Energy, Natural Resources & Indigenous Peoples Law. In 2011, Anderson received the Clyde O. Martz Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. During his academic career, Anderson has been recognized as one of a few experts in international petroleum transactional law. He has co-authored a textbook on the subject and has written and co-written treatises, books and more than 100 articles.

OU Law’s 39 full-time professors have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and service, making the College of Law environment conducive to learning both inside and outside the classroom. The 13.48:1 student-to-faculty ratio is one of the best in the nation, allowing first-year sections of 35 to 45 students.

For more information about OU Law’s Academic Programs, visit http://www.law.ou.edu/content/academic-programs

Contact Us

Learn more and apply for admission online through our website, www.law.ou.edu. You can also contact OU Law at 405.325.4728.

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Energy Law Initiative: Capital University Law Schoolcapital_home

In light of Ohio’s shale gas boom, Capital University Law School is responding to the burgeoning demand for energy lawyers in the region by developing its Energy Law and Policy Concentration and creating The Midwest Center for Energy Law and Policy (MCELP). Together, the MCELP and the energy law concentration will better equip Capital’s law graduates for a career in one of the bright spots for employment opportunities for lawyers today.

Energy Law and Policy Concentration

Present course offering will being incorporated into the concentration moving forward include:
1.    Energy Law
2.    Oil and Gas Law
3.    Land Use Controls
4.    Environmental Law
5.    Water Pollution Law and Policy
6.    Air Pollution Law and Policy
7.    Hazardous Waste Law and Policy
8.    Environmental Law Practicum

Phase two of curriculum development (2013-2014) includes:
1.    Advanced Oil and Gas Law
2.    Oil and Gas Legal Drafting Practicum

The Midwest Center for Energy Law and Policycapital_center

In light of Ohio’s shale gas boom, Capital University Law School is responding to the burgeoning demand for energy lawyers in the region by developing its Energy Law and Policy Concentration and creating The Midwest Center for Energy Law and Policy (MCELP). Together, the MCELP and the energy law concentration will better equip Capital’s law graduates for a career in one of the bright spots for employment opportunities for lawyers today.

MCELP’s Research Paper Series

MCELP is as establishing a working paper series, which connects experts from multiple disciplines within the energy sector. Its research mandate is to enhance the understanding of how insights gained from law, economics, geology, environmental management, and energy technologies ought to guide policy, regulation, and governance. In this capacity, MCELP provides a forum for collaboration among researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners.

MCELP’s Director of Academic Affairs

Mr. Fenner Stewart is an Assistant Professor of Law at Capital University Law School, where he teaches Advanced Administrative Theory, Oil and Gas Law, Business Associations, Corporate Finance, and Comparative Corporate Law. He is the Director of Academic Affairs at the Midwest Center for Energy Law and Policy at Capital University, where he is responsible for overseeing the Center’s day-to-day operations. He is also the faculty advisor for Capital’s course concentration in Energy Law and Policy, and the Editor-In-Chief of MCELP’s Research Paper Series.

MCELP’s Director of External Relations

Mr. Howard Petricoff holds the Joyce Howell Danford Adjunct Faculty Chair at Capital University Law School where he teaches Energy Law. He is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, where he is a member of the energy and environmental group. For thirty years, Mr. Petricoff has advised and represented clients in energy, utility, and environmental matters, including litigation in federal and state court as well as state public service commissions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and various permitting boards and commissions.

Study law in the energy capital: University of Houston Law Center

The University of Houston Law Center’s commitment to energy and environmental law is longstanding and recognized at home and around the world. That’s only fitting given the school’s top-tier status and its location in the energy capital of the world where the two fields are inextri
houstoncably intertwined. The Law Center offers a wide range of Energy, Environment and Natural Resource (EENR) related courses for both JD and LL.M. students.

In the past two years, UHLC has offered more than 40 different courses in this area, taught by about 40 different professors. Many of these courses focus on oil and gas law including International Petroleum Transactions, Oil and Gas Pipelines, Offshore Leasing, and Environmental Impacts of Oil and Gas.  Other offerings include Climate Change Law, Federal Natural Resources, and the Practice of Environmental Law.  UH Law Center is tied for first place in a survey ranking of U.S. law schools in offering energy-specific courses because of the extraordinary range of faculty available in the world’s energy capital. Click here for a partial listing of course offerings.

The Law Center also offers a number of energy and environmental opportunities including:

  • Environment, Energy & Natural Resources (EENR) Center:  Located in the heart of the energy industry with more than 3,300 energy-related companies based in Houston, the Law Center is the natural — and strategic – home for the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources (EENR) Center. The center provides a forum for education and discussion of the most important issues of the day by sponsoring a speakers series and funding faculty exchanges and student opportunities to attend conferences both in Houston and out-of-state.
  • JD/MBA Dual Degree:  The Law Center and the UH Bauer College of Business offer a concurrent degree program that enables students to prepare for careers in which law and business overlap and understanding both fields is a career advantage. The College of Business offers many courses, such as Project Finance, Energy Trading, Gas Marketing, and Upstream Energy Economics, that are of special value to students who want careers in the energy industry. By pursuing the J.D. and M.B.A. degrees concurrently, full-time students can complete both degrees in four years.
  • LL.M. Program: This advanced degree concentration in EENR law is open to both U.S. and foreign-trained attorneys. Full-time students can complete the LL.M. in one year or attend on a part-time basis while working. Lawyers trained abroad  may also choose to enroll in the Foreign Scholars LL.M. Program and earn a Certificate of Specialization in Energy, Environment and Natural Resource law.
  • EENR Speaker Series: The EENR Center sponsors periodic guest speakers to share their views on the state of energy and environment issues here and abroad.  Recent speakers included Carlos Rubinstein, chairman of the Texas Water Development Board; Scott Fulton, former EPA general counsel; and speakers on the social cost of carbon.
  • The Canadian Connection:  The University of Houston Law Center and the University of Calgary School of Law have formed a partnership that allows students to earn dual J.D. degrees in four years and practice on both sides of the border. The goal of the International Energy Lawyers Program is to develop skilled lawyers to help both countries deal with common issues of energy security and development of a comprehensive and sustainable energy policy for North America.
  • Networking:  Located in the nation’s fourth largest city with a robust legal market, students have ample opportunity to meet and discuss the energy issues of the day at programs sponsored by the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the World Affairs Council, the Baker Institute Energy Forum, and three sections of the Houston Bar: Environmental Law, Oil, Gas and Energy Law, and International Law.
  • Energy in Action – A Semester in Houston:  This  program is available for J.D. students attending law school elsewhere who are attracted by the strong UHLC energy curriculum and reputation. Visiting students may enroll in various EENR law-related courses, attend conferences and symposia, and benefit from direct access to the Houston area energy industry.

For more information visit www.law.uh.edu/.

University of Houston Law Center
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Houston, TX 77204-6060

Louisiana State University Law School

LSU LAW CENTERLSU Law School has invested heavily in recent years in creating one of the strongest emerging energy and environmental law programs in the country. LSU’s focus on energy and environment is fitting for the flagship university of a state that is known both as the “sportsmen’s paradise” and as a leading producer of both offshore and onshore oil and gas. This focus on energy and the environment expands upon the Law School’s tradition of having one of the strongest oil and gas programs in the nation.

LSU’s Law School graduates include prominent energy law practitioners who litigate disputes and negotiate transactions throughout the U.S. and also internationally. The Law School’s fulltime and emeritus faculty include nationally prominent energy and environmental law scholars, as well as young scholars who are becoming leaders in such emerging legal areas such as hydraulic fracturing and the intersection of energy, environment, and land use law.

The energy law program’s strengths include:

Mineral Law Institute. For two days each Spring, LSU hosts the Annual Mineral Law Institute, the second oldest annual mineral law symposium in the U.S. The program draws hundreds of oil and gas lawyers, landmen, and energy executives each year to hear presentations made by some of the country’s most prominent mineral law practitioners and scholars.

Robust line-up of courses. LSU Law School offers over twenty energy and related environmental law classes taught by a combination of fulltime faculty and adjuncts who are prominent energy law attorneys.

Journal of Energy Law and Resources. LSU maintains one of the few student-run journals that focuses primarily on energy law, the Journal of Energy Law and Resources. The journal gives students a chance to more thoroughly develop their understanding of cutting edge energy and environmental issues across the nation and the globe.

Both common law and civil law approaches. The world is divided between countries that use the common law and others that have a civil law system. LSU is one of the few law schools in the country that offers students a comprehensive exposure to both systems, and this approach carries over to energy law classes. This dual focus helps prepare students to practice anywhere that their careers may take them.

Preparing students for both U.S. and international energy law. In addition to thoroughly preparing students to practice energy law anywhere in the U.S., LSU also is a leader in offering students the courses that will be useful if they wish to pursue careers in international energy law. LSU offers courses in International Petroleum Transactions, International Business Transactions, and International Environmental Law.

Interdisciplinary approaches. LSU Law School is directly across the street from a “main” campus that has high quality undergraduate and graduate programs in disciplines important to energy, including Petroleum Engineering, Geology, Environmental Sciences and Oceanography, and Business. The Law School takes advantage of this by offering joint degree programs. To further demonstrate LSU’s commitment to interdisciplinary work, the Law Center also has faculty maintaining joint appointments with departments across campus. In addition, professors from various other main campus departments give guest lectures at the Law School, and vice versa. This enriches each of the programs and helps prepare both law school and other department students for careers in energy.

Energy Law Speaker Series. LSU attracts guest lecturers – both scholars and practitioners – from around the country, and from outside the U.S.

Energy Law Certificate. The Law faculty recently approved the addition of an Energy Law and Policy Certificate program. The program will guide students through a systematic course of study to prepare them for careers in energy law and will award those who complete the program with a certificate that will verify the students’ commitment to energy law and demonstrate that the student has mastered knowledge important to a career in this field.

The Laborde Energy Law Center. LSU has committed to maintaining its role as a leader in energy law by creating the Laborde Energy Law Center, which will lead the school’s instructional and research efforts in energy law, and bring new energy law faculty and resources to the school.

UH is an EEO/AA institution.

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