Master of Jurisprudence in Energy Law (MJEL) - College of Law

Master of Jurisprudence in Energy Law (MJEL)

The College of Law is not accepting applications or matriculating new students into the M.J.E.L. program beyond the fall 2019 term.

Online Degree Program

For executives, professionals and lawyers who work in energy and natural resources, there will always be a need to stay current on the legal requirements that impact their day-to-day decisions. Electric power, sustainability, renewable energy and oil and gas professionals, plus all those who work on advanced business contracts relating to energy resources, are tasked with high-stakes responsibilities and increasing complexities. The regulatory requirements, the myriad of agencies and organizations, and the physical environment itself change constantly.

The Clean Power Plan is just one such example of the ways in which the industry is changing, and why a deep and contemporary understanding of energy law has become so critical.

To address the distinct needs of energy and natural resource professionals, as well as practicing attorneys and scholars with interest in energy law, The University of Tulsa College of Law offers a cutting-edge online graduate degree program, the Master of Jurisprudence in Energy Law (MJEL).

The MJEL delivers unparalleled academic experiences and career results. The MJEL is an immersive, online graduate degree program that accelerates careers. It is available in part-time and full-time formats to students across the country and can be completed in 18–24 months. For those working in or entering into the dynamic field of energy, natural resources, and environmental law, there is no preparation as powerful as the MJEL degree.

Areas of Knowledge

  • Legal and financial principles that guide energy regulation
  • Law of natural resources, like water and minerals
  • Regulation of oil and gas production
  • Regulation of electric power markets
  • Regulation of petroleum transmission
  • Regulation of renewable energy resources
  • Environmental permitting
  • Legal writing and advanced legal research

A Rich History

The Master of Jurisprudence in Energy Law program is one of the first energy-focused Master’s degree programs available from a fully accredited United States university. The University of Tulsa is rated as a National Jurist Magazine Best Value Law School and with excellent post-graduate outcomes in 2017.

TU’s heritage stems from a deep commitment to serving the energy industry. At the turn of the 20th century, as companies like Shell, Texaco, Sunoco, and Exxon established headquarters in Tulsa, oil industry leaders merged Henry Kendall College and McFarlin College to create The University of Tulsa.

From the very beginning, TU has been innovating in energy education. That spirit of innovation is allowing TU Law to lead in renewable energy and sustainability, and the contemporary curriculum of the MJEL program reflects this growth. Today, The University of Tulsa College of Law is known across the world for its expertise in energy law with the work of its Sustainable Energy and Resources Law (SERL) program.

  • Program Learning Outcomes

    Students will:

    1. Comprehensively research energy law and policy related issues using the modern research tools.
    2. Review complex fact situations involving energy, environmental and natural resources and from them distill the issues most important to their work in a relevant field, and memorialize their understanding.
    3. Become familiar with the basic legal processes by which legal interests in oil and gas development are established, both under the Texas and Oklahoma models as well as the basic legal framework of financial regulation of energy markets and US environmental regulatory schemes.
    4. Focus their electives on areas of advanced study related to either oil and gas, renewable energy and sustainability, or natural resources law.
    5. Demonstrate skills in research and writing by preparing a final written capstone that demonstrates their substantive knowledge in the areas most interest to them, using the capstone as an opportunity to focus their work carefully on a discrete legal or policy issue.
  • Program Cost
    Tuition (2019-2020)
    Cost per credit hour$1,169
    Other expenses (estimated)
  • Scholarships and Funding



    Admitted MJEL students are encouraged to apply for scholarships from TU Law’s partners:

    Third Party Funding Opportunities


    Many employers are willing to fund part or all of your education. Contact the benefits office at your current employer for more information.

    Government & Private Scholarships

    Below is a list of entities that offer scholarships:

    Student Loans

    United States citizens may apply for federal student loans by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at using the TU school code of 003185. Any questions regarding the application process or eligibility for the federal loans must be directed to:

    Kristi Emerson
    Assistant Director, Student Financial Services

    Additional Funding Information

    The Institute of International Education (IIE) publishes Funding for US Study: A Guide for International Students and Professionals on scholarships and fellowships available to non-US students at

  • Who chooses the MJEL

    The Master of Jurisprudence in Energy Law (MJEL) from The University of Tulsa College of Law attracts exceptional students, typically from four walks of life:

    1. Emerging professionals seeking an exciting, in-demand career. Approximately 30% of MJEL students have just recently completed their undergraduate studies and are looking to develop new knowledge, skills, and connections in the field of energy management.
    2. Practicing lawyers whose careers necessitate their investment in an energy law degree. Lawyers choose the MJEL program because their interests have expanded since they first went into practice. The MJEL is an academic Master’s degree program that allows these legal practitioners to become deep experts in a new area.
    3. Mid-career energy professionals who want to shift gears and get into management. Nearly half of MJEL students are professionals who are actively working in the energy and natural resources industry. They are landmen, analysts, and managers. They want to earn a management or executive-level promotion into leadership positions, or to expand their consulting practices. This program allows them to make huge leaps forward in terms of career advancement. As the world of energy continues to change, many oil/gas experts will transition their area of focus to renewable forms of energy. The MJEL degree will offer new opportunities for students to shift or sharpen their skills for enhanced career security.
    4. Scholars. The information and insights offered in the MJEL program are unique and valuable. In fact, the MJEL is the only online graduate degree program that gives its professional students access to courses like Energy & Indian Land Title. That’s why instructors and professors from colleges and universities across the country are choosing to expand their knowledge through the MJEL program.