TU Law’s Sustainable Energy and Resources Law (SERL) curriculum inspires students to examine legal and policy approaches for achieving the pressing goals of energy reliability, sustainable supplies of natural resources and a healthy environment.
TU’s legacy as a center for oil and gas industry research benefits students, as well as its diverse energy programs in engineering, business, law, environmental protection, and information security. Students in the program have opportunities to interact with the SERL Board of Visitors: energy, environmental and natural resources professionals in the midst of prestigious careers and TU student groups such as the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and REELS: Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Society.
The program consists of a full course of study over two semesters from August to May of each year. The LLM degree requires a minimum 24 credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4-point scale. Students will be expected to complete courses on Energy Research, Analysis, and Writing; Oil and Gas Law (Basic and Advanced); Environmental Law or International Environmental Law; Administrative Law; and Climate Change. In addition, students will choose from other courses in the SERL curriculum, such as Energy Regulation; International Environmental Law; Water Law; International Energy and Natural Resources Law; International Petroleum Transactions; and Natural Resources and Environmental Law on Federal Lands.
Foreign-trained LLM degree candidates also enroll in a one-semester course designed to introduce US law and a course of energy research writing and analysis. Students are invited to choose an elective from any of the many courses offered by TU College of Law and the other graduate departments of The University of Tulsa, such as the business and engineering colleges.