While there is only one Master of Legal Studies degree, MLS students are allowed to concentrate their studies in one of two specializations: indigenous people (an online program) or energy and natural resources. Their specialization will be reflected on their transcript through their choice of classes.
Indigenous Peoples Law - Online
Students will be required to take one course at the OU Law campus, Introduction to the American Legal System. This course will take place during the week prior to their online work commencing. Each semester, two courses will be made available online. Students are required to complete the remainder of their degree plan from the courses offered online (see course descriptions). Students will need to complete 30 credit hours total.
Energy and Natural Resources Law
Students are required to select from a list of courses (see course descriptions) to satisfy 18 of their 30 credit hours. In addition, students may select 12 additional hours from Energy and Natural Resources curriculum or from other courses in the law school. In approving an individual’s course of study, the MLS director will endeavor to ensure that every student takes at least three of the courses listed as (core) courses.
MLS students specializing in Energy and Natural Resources may be permitted to take contracts, property, torts, or constitutional law as an elective on a case-by-case basis with permission of the MLS director and affected faculty member if space is available.