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Oil, Gas, and Energy Law MLS


Energy and Natural Resources Law, MLS


Master of Legal Studies (MLS)




$749/$1,197 CREDIT HOUR




Curriculum developed by OU faculty and degree awarded from the

College of Law


Take Your Career to the Next Level

MLS Program

The M.L.S. in Energy and Natural Resource program is an online, 32-credit hour graduate degree that can be completed in 15 months. This program offers a competitive advantage to anyone in the energy industry that negotiates oil and gas contracts, deals with mineral rights, real estate transactions, or works closely with energy attorneys.

With more than 100 years of energy education history, and the expertise of its faculty, OU Law has long led the country in legal education related to oil, gas, and energy law.

OU Law is at the forefront in its offering of legal courses focused on energy and natural resources.  With many energy and natural resources companies headquartered in Oklahoma, OU Law sends a large number of graduates into energy-related fields and practices every year. OU Law prepares students to be leaders in energy and natural resources law and policy, assisting in the sustainable development of all forms of energy and natural resources in an environmentally responsible manner.

Course sequence:

    Foundations of Contract Law for the Energy Industry

    Introduction to Property Law and Natural Resources

    Negotiations, Communication, and Ethics

    Introduction to Petroleum Engineering and Geo-Sciences

    Project Economics and Finance

    Midstream Oil and Gas Law

    Oil and Gas Development on Public Lands (Federal, State, and Indian Lands)

    Oil and Gas Law

    Oil and Gas Regulatory Practice

    Legal Research for the Energy Industry

    Oil and Gas Contracts

    Mineral Title Examination

    Real Estate Transactions

    Water Law for the Energy Industry

    Oil and Gas Environmental Law


    Online Course Modules

Admission Deadline:

    Rolling Admissions

Program Start Terms:

    Fall and Spring



Academic Excellence

Students are organized into small start groups and take all their classes together. Since each student is actively working in the industry, students can share real-time experiences with one another which leads to a rich learning environment. Plus, OU Law staff work closely with all students to ensure success in the program.


Network Connection 

The University of Oklahoma has been providing energy education for over 100 years. OU Law has strong expertise in energy and collaborates with energy faculty from the Price College of Business and the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy. Each college has a strong graduate network within energy companies that our alumni can access.


Strong Career Growth

This program has been created to provide practical legal knowledge for non-lawyers in the energy industry. Each class has been vetted by energy leaders to ensure its applicability to professionals in the industry.

An Investment in Your Future

The online MLS program is an investment in each student’s future, and OU makes every effort to see that each qualified candidate is able to attend. Current students use many types of financing to cover their expenses such as Financial Aid. To learn more, please fill out the form above to speak with one of our enrollment counselors.

In-state tuition is $550.00 per credit hour, out-of-state tuition is $964.50 per credit hour. In addition, there are mandatory fees of $186 per credit hour and a once-a-semester fee of $101.50.

Program Details

The online MLS degree is a selective program aimed to educate the leading legal experts and lawyers. To get started, follow these steps:


Contact an Enrollment Counselor to discuss your qualifications and interest in the program.


Fill out your application here.


Provide your supplemental materials, including resume, personal statement, and undergraduate transcripts.

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before the start of classes. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks from the time a completed application is submitted.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form above and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

In general, University Tuition Waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs or courses. This includes, but is not limited to, Graduate Assistant Tuition Waivers and faculty/staff waivers. 

If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please contact the Online Aid office by emailing or calling at 405-325-2929.

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Program Contacts:

Enrollment Counselor:

Phone: (405) 253-6890

Schedule a Time to Meet


Christine Young
Graduate Programs Coordinator