Certificate in Natural Resources Law

As a longstanding leader in the field of natural resources law, the OU College of Law offers JD students the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Natural Resources Law, allowing students to specialize in natural resources law, including water law and agricultural law.

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


To earn the certificate, students must take nine credit hours from the following: 

• Native American Natural Resources
• Animals and Agricultural Production
• International Environmental Climate Change Law
• Wind Law
• Agricultural Biotechnology Law
• Agricultural Environmental Law
• Agricultural Law
• Environmental Law
• Water Law
• Federal Indian Water Law

Students must also select three credit hours from the following guided electives:

• Administrative Law
• Federal Courts
• Energy Law
• International Law Foundations

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 natural resources 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 Erhman, joining the faculty January 2014 
Taiawagi Helton
Drew Kershen
Rhett Larson
Murray Tabb


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