OU College of Law to Offer Online LL.M. Degrees

April 3, 2018 | By Melissa Caperton, Director of Communications
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NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma College of Law is excited to announce an expansion in its legal education offerings. Building off the success of the college’s on-campus Master of Laws degrees specializing in Energy and Natural Resources and Indigenous Peoples Law, OU Law in August will launch fully online versions of the same specialized programs.

“The OU College of Law is an international leader in the fields of oil and gas and energy law as well as indigenous peoples law,” said OU Law Dean Joseph Harroz Jr. “Offering a more accessible path to these advanced degrees to lawyers around the world will further expand our leadership in these specialized areas of the law. By extending our expertise to a broader group of students, it will ultimately benefit clients and communities worldwide.”

A Master of Laws degree, or LL.M., is an advanced law certification that has global credibility. LL.M. programs offered by United States and Canadian law schools are desirable for international students who wish to gain global credentials and for J.D. graduates who desire advanced legal study.

OU Law’s LL.M. in Energy and Natural Resources is designed for lawyers seeking more knowledge in the field of oil and gas and energy law. The program exposes lawyers to advanced legal education focused on the complete hydrocarbon life cycle - including courses on oil and gas contracts, upstream, midstream, environmental regulatory environment, federal lands and offshore production.

The college’s LL.M. in Indigenous Peoples Law delivers a comprehensive study of Indian law. The program provides lawyers with advanced legal education focused on natural resources, criminal jurisdiction, tribal courts, gaming law and the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Both programs can be completed fully online in 15 months.

In 2011, OU Law established the John B. Turner LL.M. Program through a gift from the Stuart Family Foundation. The gift was made in honor of attorney John B. Turner, a trustee of the Stuart Family Foundation and the longtime business partner of Jon R. Stuart, who served two terms on the OU Board of Regents from 2002-2015. Through the program, OU Law also offers an on-campus LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies.

OU Law’s online LL.M. programs are the latest additions to the college’s online degree offerings. The college offers three online Master of Legal Studies degrees for non-lawyers: Oil, Gas and Energy Law; Indigenous Peoples Law; and Healthcare Law.

Founded in 1909, the OU College of Law is Oklahoma’s premier law school. OU Law offers small sections and class sizes that encourage a strong sense of community; accomplished faculty with international expertise; and a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology. The OU College of Law is the academic home of more than 700 students enrolled in the juris doctor program, the John B. Turner Master of Laws Program, the master of legal studies program and various dual degree programs. For more information about OU Law, visit law.ou.edu. For more information on the John B. Turner LL.M. Program, visit www.oulawonline.com.

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