Law Graduate Certificates

Full-time JD degree candidate OU Law students may choose to complete one of the certificates below:

American Indian Law Graduate Certificate

The American Indian Law Graduate Certificate allows students to enrich their knowledge of American Indian Law through coursework including indigenous peoples’ culture, tribal courts, federal water law, and more. This certificate also includes experiential learning opportunities including an externship and work with OU Law’s journal American Indian Law Review.

Curriculum

The certificate requires at least 15 credit hours and students must maintain a B (8.0 on a 12.0 scale) average in courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the certificate.

  • LAW 5610 (3 credit hours)
  • Students must select at least 9 credit hours (5 hours if they have earned at least 3 hours in an Indian Law externship) from the following list: LAW 6311LAW 5600LAW 6100 Art and Cultural Heritage Law (2 hours), LAW 5602LAW 6792LAW 6722LAW 5633LAW 6100 Peacemaking (2 hours), LAW 6700 Religion, Culture & Indian Law Seminar (2 hours), LAW 6700 Tribal Courts/Tribal Law (2 hours).
  • Students must also select an experiential component by choosing one of the following options1:
    • LAW 6400 Federal Indian Law Externship (max. of 12 credit hours)
    • LAW 6400 Extern Placement, provided the externship focuses substantially on the practice of American Indian Law, including a judicial externship (3 credit hours)
    • LAW 6400 Inter-American Human Rights Commission Externship (max. of 12 credit hours)
    • 100 hours of employment as approved by the Center Director
  • Students must also select at least one course from the following related courses from the general curriculum for a total of at least 3 credit hoursLAW 5403LAW 6523LAW 5543LAW 6060LAW 6540, or LAW 6580.

Business and Transactional Law Graduate Certificate

The Business and Transactional Law Graduate Certificate is suited for students who wish to enter a transactional and business counseling practice. Required and elective business law classes are the backbone of this program, which also includes training in business drafting and writing.

Curriculum

The certificate requires a total of 22 credit hours, with at least 17 credits from Section A. Students must maintain a B (8.0 on a 12.0 scale) average in courses taken in satisfaction of the requirements in Section A and must receive a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken to satisfy the requirements of Section B.

Section A

Section B

  • Students must earn a grade of B or higher in each of the following business courses. The credit earned in these courses cannot be counted toward the 90 hours required for the J.D.: B AD 5001ACCT 5202, and MGT 5702

Energy and Natural Resources Law Graduate Certificate

The Energy and Natural Resources Law Graduate Certificate will allow LLM students to concentrate their studies in Energy and Natural Resources Law, choosing from the broad curriculum offered by the College of Law in this area. 

curriculum

The certificate requires a total of 24 credits consisting of 4 hours of core courses and 20 hours of electives and may be completed online. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 5.0 on a 12.0 scale (C).

  • Core Courses (4 hours): LAW 6100 Introduction to the American Legal System (2 hours) and LAW 6100 Legal Research, Writing & Analysis (2 hours)
  • Electives (20 hours): LAW 6500 Agricultural Law (2-3 hours), LAW 6510 (3 hours), LAW 6523LAW 5663LAW 6100 How to Drill a Well (3 hours), LAW 6700 International Environmental Climate Change Law (2 hours), LAW 6552LAW 6100 Midstream Oil & Gas (2 hours), LAW 6100 Mineral Title Examination (3 hours), LAW 5603LAW 6540LAW 6550LAW 6100 Oil and Gas Environmental Law (3 hours), LAW 6100 Oil and Gas Practice (2 hours), LAW 6570 (3 hours), LAW 6100 Taxation of Business Entities and Oil & Gas Interests (3 hours), LAW 6580, or LAW 6100 Wind Law (2 hours) 

Indigenous Peoples Law Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Peoples Law furthers students' study of Native American and other Indigenous Peoples Law, choosing from the broad curriculum offered by the College of Law in this area.

Curriculum

The certificate requires 24 total credits with 4 hours of core courses and 20 hours of electives and may be completed online. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 5.0 on a 12.0 scale (C).

  • Core Courses (4 hours): LAW 6100 Introduction to the American Legal System (2 hours) and LAW 6100 Legal Research, Writing & Analysis (2 hours)
  • Electives (20 hours): LAW 5602LAW 5610LAW 5663LAW 5673LAW 6050LAW 5603LAW 6100 Peacemaking: Native American Traditional Justice Practices (2 hours),LAW 5623, or LAW 6700 Tribal Courts Seminar (2 hours)

International Law Graduate Certificate

The International Law Certificate furthers students' knowledge of key international law issues. This certificate includes international interdisciplinary as well as externship opportunities.

Curriculum

The certificate requires at least 19 credit hours from the courses chosen to satisfy the requirements in Section A. Students must maintain a B (8.0 on a 12.0 scale) average in courses taken in satisfaction of the requirements in Section A and receive a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken to satisfy the requirements of Section B.

Section A

  • Core Courses: LAW 5134 and LAW 6100 International Law Foundations (3 hours)
  • Students must select any nine credits from: LAW 6100 Chinese Law (2-5 hours), LAW 6762LAW 5602LAW 6020LAW 6752LAW 6030LAW 6040LAW 6100 International Business & Human Rights (3 hours), LAW 6100 International Commercial & Investment Arbitration (2-3 hours), LAW 6742LAW 6000 International Environmental Law Seminar (2 hours), LAW 6100 International Human Rights Law (3 hours), LAW 6100 Human Rights Practicum (3 hours), LAW 6552LAW 6100 International Trade Law (3 hours), or LAW 6732
  • In addition, students must earn at least 3 credits in a least one of the following experiential courses: 
    • LAW 6400 Externship that focuses on international matters which has been preapproved by the Director of Externships and the Professor holding the Kaiser Chair in International Law for the Certificate (3-12 hours)
    • LAW 6100 Human Rights Practicum (3 hours)
    • LAW 6400 International Human Rights Clinic (3 hours)
    • LAW 6341 Jessup Moot Court (1 hour)
    • LAW 6400 State Department Externship (3-12 hours)
    • Participation in a class working on Diplomacy Lab questions for the State Department, as approved by the holder of the Kaiser Chair in International Law (2-4 hours) 

Section B International Interdisciplinary Experience1

Students must choose from:

  1. Take one course with an international focus in the College of International Studies or other OU College, such as the College of Business, etc.; OR
  2. Attend ten of the talks of OU guest speakers at the College of International Studies on international topics and write a short reflection paper (non-credit hour bearing), OR
  3. Take a foreign language class at the University of Oklahoma (e.g., Legal Spanish) 

Litigation Graduate Certificate

The Litigation Graduate Certificate provides a firm foundation in the law that governs litigation and alternative dispute resolution. In addition to law coursework, students will take part in experiential learning, gain professional skills, and hone their public speaking and writing skills.

curriculum

Classes chosen to satisfy requirements of Sections A and B must total at least 16 hours. Students must maintain a B (8.0 on a 12.0 scale) average in courses taken in satisfaction of the requirements of Sections A and receive a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken outside the College of Law to satisfy the requirements of Section C.

Section A

Section B Experiential Education

  • Students must participate in one of the following activities either for credit or as an extra-curricular activity:
    • Approved external advocacy competition
    • One semester of Civil or Criminal Clinic
    • Approved externship or internship

Section C Professional Skills

  • Students must complete each of the following courses that will develop professional skills essential to an advocate. The credit earned in these courses cannot be counted toward the 90 hours required for the J.D.: LAW 5003 and LAW 5000 (2 hours)

Section D Professional Development

  • Students must attend at least two Judicial Insight Roundtables or CDO Lunch and Learns relating to Litigation practice offered at lunch time in the law school during the 3L year. These lunch time roundtables will involve magistrates, judges, and justices discussing their professional experiences.

Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Law furthers students' knowledge of legal issues unique to the energy industry. Students learn more about oil and gas production—from well drilling to delivery systems—and also about wind and water law, conservation, mineral titles, international petroleum transactions, real estate, and more. Interdisciplinary options include energy management coursework from the OU Price College of Business or a geology class from the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy.

curriculum

Classes chosen to satisfy the requirements of Section A must total at least 16 credit hours. Students must maintain a b (8.0 on a 12.0 scale) average in courses taken in satisfaction of the requirements in Section A and receive a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken to satisfy the requirements of Section B.

Section A

  • Students must take at least one of the following courses: LAW 5610 or LAW 6540
  • In addition, students must select at least three of the following (excluding any course counted to satisfy another section): LAW 6500 Agricultural Law (3 hours), LAW 6500 Agricultural Environmental Law (2-3 hours), LAW 6510LAW 6792LAW 6100 International Business & Human Rights (3 hours), LAW 6552 or LAW 6100 International Petroleum Transactions (2-3 hours), LAW 5642LAW 6100 Mineral Title Examination (3 hours), LAW 5633LAW 6540LAW 6550LAW 6100 Oil and Gas Environmental Law (3 hours), LAW 6100 Oil and Gas Practice (2 hours), LAW 6580, or  LAW 6100 Wind Law (2 hours)
  • In addition, students must select at least one of the following experiential courses: LAW 6100 How to Drill a Well (2 hours), LAW 5713, or LAW 6400 Externship which has been preapproved by the Director of Externships or Associate Dean for the Certificate (3-12 hours)
  • Students must also select at least one of the following related courses from the J.D. Menu Classes:LAW 5403LAW 5434LAW 5433, or LAW 6570

Section B Professional Skills

  • Students must satisfactorily (grade of B or higher) complete each of the following courses. The credit earned in these courses cannot be counted toward the 90 hours required for the J.D.: LAW 6501B AD 5001, and ACCT 5202