Sep 15, 2019  
2018-2019 Law Bulletin 
2018-2019 Law Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Energy and Natural Resources Law, LLM

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Robert Butkin, Advisor

With over 40 years’ experience in energy, natural resources and environmental legal education, The University of Tulsa’s energy and natural resources law curriculum for its LLM program inspires law graduates to examine legal and policy approaches for achieving the important goals of energy reliability, sustainable supplies of natural resources and a healthy environment.  JD graduates pursuing this course of study will benefit from TU’s legacy as a center for oil and gas industry research and its diverse energy programs in engineering, business, law, environmental protection, and information security. These benefits include opportunities to interact with energy, environmental and natural resources professionals in the midst of prestigious careers such as TU Law’s Sustainable Energy and Resources Law (SERL) program Board of Visitors.  Another benefit is TU student groups such as the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and REELS: Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Society.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates who earn the LLM in Energy and Natural Resources degree will demonstrate knowledge in the area of energy and natural resources law necessary for effective and responsible participation in the legal profession and energy industry by:

  1. Understanding various sources of law and legal authority in the areas of energy, natural resources, and environmental law, the relative priority of these laws, and how the laws interact; and
  2. Demonstrating ability to identify, describe and apply fundamental rules governing various issues in the energy, natural resources, and environmental law areas.


The LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law program consists of a full course of study over two semesters from August to May of each year. The LLM degree requires a minimum of 24 hours with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4-point scale. Students take required and elective courses from the Sustainable Energy and Resources Law (SERL) Certificate 

Students may qualify for advanced standing and receive up to 9 hours in the LLM program for courses taken during JD studies. Students must satisfy the LLM required courses if not taken during the JD program.

Elective courses (15-16 hours)

  • Elective courses must be selected from the list of required and elective courses for the Sustainable Energy and Resources Law (SERL) Certificate .
  • With the approval of the SERL Director, elective courses may include up to 6 hours of SERL-related courses offered by other colleges at The University of Tulsa.
  • Elective courses may include a SERL externship in the spring semester.

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