The John B. Turner LL.M. Program offers a unique combination of courses, available only at OU, and allows students to choose from three specializations: Energy and Natural Resources, Indigenous Peoples Law, or U.S. Legal Studies (for foreign-educated lawyers).
OU Law provides LL.M. students outstanding opportunities such as studying in the classroom with world class faculty and juris doctor students and attending guest lectures, field trips, social events, and networking opportunities. LL.M. students may also receive credit for related courses offered by other OU departments.
Legendary professors including Richard Hemingway, Drew Kershen, Peter Krug, Victor Kulp, Eugene Kuntz, Maurice Merrill, Joe Rarick, and Rennard Strickland have made the OU Law a national leader in energy, natural resources, and indigenous peoples. Professors who continue this tradition include Owen Anderson (oil and gas law, oil and gas contracts and tax, international petroleum law and transactions), Monica Ehrman, joining the faculty Fall 2013 (Energy Law), Taiawagi Helton (environmental law and Indian natural resources law), Joyce Palomar (land tenure security law, real estate development law, and land use law), Lindsay Robertson (Indian law, indigenous peoples law, human rights law), and Murray Tabb (environmental law). In addition, the college is fortunate to have several distinguished adjunct and visiting professors who teach highly specialized classes in this program area.
OU Law is at the forefront in its offering of legal courses focused on energy and natural resources. With many energy and natural resources companies headquartered in Oklahoma, OU Law sends a large number of graduates into energy-related fields and practices every year. OU Law prepares students to be leaders in energy and natural resources law and policy, assisting in the sustainable development of all forms of energy and natural resources in an environmentally responsible manner.
The LL.M. in Energy and Natural Resources can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.
Located in the heart of the original Indian Territory, OU Law provides an ideal environment for the study of Native American law and issues concerning indigenous peoples. Oklahoma contains nearly 40 tribal nations and the second-largest Native American population in the United States. Given their presence and the history of the region, Indian law affects virtually all areas of legal practice, making it a vibrant and growing field.
The LL.M. in Indigenous Peoples Law can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.
Masters of Laws in U.S. Legal Studies (For Foreign-Educated Lawyers)
The U.S. Legal Studies specialization allows foreign-educated lawyers to gain a general education in U.S. law and legal issues. Students are encouraged to tailor the curriculum to fit their individualized needs, and courses may be selected to help the student prepare for taking a bar exam in the United States.
Courses within the U.S. Legal Studies specialization may include Civil Procedure, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Property Law and Torts, among others.
The LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies can be completed in one year of full-time study.
Thanks to a generous gift, the John B. Turner LL.M. Program Chair was created to perpetually attract the best possible LL.M. faculty members in the current areas of specialization: energy, natural resources and indigenous peoples. An additional generous gift will be used to create the Stuart Family Foundation LL.M. Scholar Fund, which will allow the program to bring in notable guest speakers and help LL.M. students pursue extra-curricular learning opportunities, including attending relevant national and international conferences.
Attorney John B. Turner is a trustee of the Stuart Family Foundation, executive vice president and general counsel of First Stuart Corporation and a partner in the Stuart, Biolchini & Turner law firm.
Turner holds bachelor's and juris doctor degrees from the University of Tulsa and earned an LL.M. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1975. His practice area of expertise is estate planning. He was admitted to the bar in 1967 as well as the U.S. Court of Military Appeals. He served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy from 1967-1970. He was admitted to the U.S. Tax Court in 1971. He is a member of the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, and American Bar Associations, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.