Certificate in Energy Law

As a longstanding leader in the field of energy law, the OU College of Law offers JD students the opportunity to specialize in the area by earning a Certificate in Energy Law.

The Energy Law Certificate enhances a JD student’s law school experience by providing a solid grounding in Energy Law through a unique blend of substantive legal knowledge, practical application, and exposure to the energy industry in a dynamic inter-disciplinary learning environment. The benefits this certificate reach the people of the state of Oklahoma and beyond by educating lawyers to work in the vibrant and growing field of Energy Law.


To earn the certificate, students must take twelve credit hours from the following:
• Energy Law
• Oil and Gas
• International Petroleum Transactions
• Native American Natural Resources
• Mineral Title Examination
• Oil and Gas Practice
• Wind Law
• Oil and Gas Contracts
• Water Law
• Federal Indian Water Law

To provide added value to the J.D. experience, participating students also must complete courses totaling six credit hours from among existing non-law energy related courses approved by the College’s Advanced Degree and Certificate Programs Committee. These courses may be taken in one or more of the following colleges: College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences, Price College of Business, Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy or the College of Engineering.

Writing Requirement

Under the direction of a professor, either in a designated course or through independent directed study, the student must also complete one major energy law- related, practice-oriented writing project. This writing project can also satisfy the College’s graduation writing requirement.


OU Law students pursuing a JD are eligible to participate in this program.

To earn the certificate, a student will be required to maintain a B- (7.0 on a 12.0 scale) average in law classes that count toward the certificate.  In addition to the completion of the JD program, the student must demonstrate that he or she has satisfactorily completed the non-law course requirement with a grade of “B” or better in each of the two non-law classes.


Key faculty members include (links open in new windows):

Owen Anderson 
Monika Ehrman
Taiawagi Helton
Rhett Larson
Murray Tabb


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