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The University of Tulsa continues to provide adult “Energy Law” exposure to energy adults. Alright, I might be a little prejudiced because I participated with Diana Hall in one of their Energy Law classes last year. The quality of minds in that class was impressive. Also, there is a rumor that Diana and me (I) will have a discussion about “climate change” this coming Fall. Anyway, Assistant Dean Tim Thompson has an energy background from the private sector, so the entire curriculum has a business sensibility. I highly recommend this class and the whole idea of lifelong business education. At 74, I think I know what I am talking about. My best friend has offered to deliver my eulogy: “He read a lot. Now he is dead.”

Master of Jurisprudence in Energy Law (MJEL)


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.