M.L.S. in Oil, Gas, and Energy Law

OU Law is at the forefront in its offering of legal courses focused on energy and natural resources. With more than 100 years of energy education experience and many energy and natural resources companies headquartered in Oklahoma, the M.L.S. in Oil, Gas, and Energy Law is specifically designed for non-lawyers whose careers demand an understanding of energy related legal issues. 

The M.L.S. in Oil, Gas, and Energy Law program is an online, 32 credit hour graduate degree that can be completed in 15 months. The degree program offers a competitive advantage to anyone in the energy industry that negotiates oil and gas contracts, deals with mineral rights or real estate transactions, or works closely with energy attorneys.

  • Energy and Natural Resources Expertise: Practical legal knowledge for non-lawyers in the energy industry. Each class has been vetted with the energy industry to ensure its applicability for land, legal, and operations.
  • Flexible Delivery on Your Schedule: Study when and where you want with our online format. Plus, you can complete the program in 15 months while you continue working, allowing you to share real-world examples with your classmates and apply your education quickly.
  • Incredible Student Experience: Small class sizes ensure each student gets personal attention. In addition, the cohort-based model forges strong connections with your classmates and allows you to learn from their experiences.
  • Faculty Experts: Students in the program are taught by OU Law faculty and adjunct faculty carefully selected for their experience and expertise in oil, gas, and energy law. Many of the faculty are currently practicing attorneys that focus on oil and gas law.
  • Strong Networks Impact Your Life and Career: The University of Oklahoma has more than 100 years experience in providing energy education. OU Law has strong expertise in energy law and can also rely on top energy prorgrams in the Price College of Business and the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy. Each college has a strong graduate network within energy companies that our alumni can acccess.

Accelerate your career advancement with a graduate degree from OU Law in Oil, Gas, and Energy Law. Contact us for more information or to request a call from an OU Law representative. 

Program Structure

The OU College of Law Master of Legal Studies in Oil, Gas, and Energy Law is a 32 credit hour program that can be completed in 15 months. Students in the program will take the following courses:


Foundations of Contract Law for the Energy Industry: 2
Introduction to Property Law and Natural Resources: 2


Introduction to Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences: 1
Legal Drafting: 2


Oil & Gas Law: 2
Real Estate Transactions: 2


Mineral Title Examination: 3
Oil & Gas Environmental Law: 2


Oil & Gas Contracts: 3
Legal Research for the Energy Industry: 1


Water Law for the Energy Industry: 1
Oil & Gas Regulatory Practices: 3


Federal, State & Indian Lands: 2
Midstream Oil & Gas Law: 1
Federal Lands Offshore: 1


Negotiations & Communications: 2
Project Economics & Finance: 2

32 Credit Hours

Apply now! The M.L.S. in Oil, Gas, and Energy Law explores legal and contractual issues facing energy companies and those working in oil and gas. OU Law's graduate curriculum uniquely prepares students for working with energy attorneys, oil and gas companies, and legal issues related to land work. Contact us for more information or to receive a call from an OU Law representative.


The curriculum for the M.L.S. in Oil, Gas and Energy Law was created by the leadership of the Energy Law section at the University of Oklahoma.  Working with industry practitioners ensured that the required skills and legal background necessary for success in related fields in the energy industry was included in the program.  Students will learn both from OU Faculty and industry practitioners affiliated with OU Law.

Ken Blakley
Adjunct Professor
B.B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1981
J.D., University of Oklahoma, 1985


  • Oil and Gas Environmental Law

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Dean A. Couch

Adjunct Professor
B.A., University of Central Oklahoma, 1976
J.D., University of Oklahoma, 1982


  • Water Law for the Energy Industry

Email: dcouch@gablelaw.com

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Monika Ehrman

Associate Professor of Law
B.Sc., University of Alberta, 2000
J.D., Southern Methodist University, 2005
LL.M., Yale Law School, 2014


  • Negotiations and Communications

Email: mehrman@ou.edu

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Darin Fox

Associate Dean
Director of the Law Library
Professor of Law
B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1989
J.D., University of Oklahoma, 1992
M.S., University of Illinois, 1993


  • Legal Research for the Energy Industry

Email: darinfox@ou.edu

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J. Brent Hagy

Professor of Practice
B.A., Economics, Texas Tech University, 1994
M.A., Communication Studies, Texas Tech University, 1996
J.D., Texas Tech University, 1999


  • Midstream Oil and Gas Law

Email: j.brent.hagy@gmail.com

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Eric King

Professor of Practice
B.S.E. Oklahoma Christian College, 1970
J.D. University of Oklahoma, 1976


  • Oil and Gas Regulatory Practice

Email: eking@gablelaw.com

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Brian McCall

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Director of the Law Center
Director of Legal Assistant Education 
Orpha and Maurice Merrill Professor in Law
B.A., Yale University, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1991
M.A. Kings College University of London, Fulbright Scholar, 1992
J.D. University of Pennsylvania, Summa Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, 1997


  • Foundations of Contract Law for the Energy Industry

Email: brian.mccall@ou.edu

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Gail Mullins

Director, Experiential Learning
Director, Legal Research, Writing & Advocacy
Assistant Professor of Law
B.S. Medical Technology, Oklahoma State University, 1972
Internship Medical Technology, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, 1972
J.D., with Highest Honors, University of Oklahoma, 1993


  • Legal Drafting

Email: gmullins@ou.edu

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Stephanie R. Timmermeyer

Adjunct Professor
B.S., West Virginia University, 1990
M.S., Marshall University, 1997
J.D., West Virginia University, 2001


  • Federal, State and Indian Lands

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OU Law Focus on Enery

Given the rich history of more than 100 years of energy education at the University of Oklahoma, it stands to reason that energy expertise permeates every college on campus.  That is certainly the case with the OU College of Law, which makes it an ideal environment for the study of Oil, Gas and Energy law.  Oklahoma’s location and expertise in Oil and Gas, plus having leaders in directional drilling right down the road, makes it a perfect place to study energy law. 

Through the work and the expertise of its faculty, OU Law has long led the country in legal education related to oil, gas and energy law.  This focus has led to programs for lawyers with including the juris doctor certificate in Oil and Gas Law and the Master of Laws degree in Energy and Natural Resources Law.  These programs have produced prominent attorneys in law firms and energy companies that practice throughout Oklahoma, Texas and the entire nation. 

OU Law offers students the opportunity to specialize in oil & gas law through a variety of programs including the juris doctorate certificate for law students; Master of Legal Studies degree for lawyers and non-lawyers alike; and Master of Laws degree for law school graduates.

Updated 08/11/2017 by OU Law: lawcommunications@ou.edu

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