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Student Eligibility & Requirements

Student Eligibility

Any LSU law student in good standing who has completed at least one full semester of full-time law study is eligible to participate in the certificate program. An interested student must complete an application. The information from the application and a recommended orientation session will be used to assist the student in planning an appropriate course of study.

Requirements to earn the certificate:

In order to earn the Energy Certificate, a student must:

1. Apply to participate in the certificate program. Students should apply before the start of their final semester at the Law Center. Interested students are encouraged to apply to the certificate program in the second semester of their first year of law study.

2. Successfully complete at least 16 credit hours within the Certificate Curriculum, as further set forth below.

A) Mandatory Courses (12 credit hours):

1. Mineral Rights (LAW 5205) (3)+

2. Energy Law and Regulation (LAW 5220) (3)

3. Administrative Law (LAW 5402) (3)

4. Introduction to Environmental Law (LAW 5411) (3)

B) Elective Courses (4 or more credit hours):

1. International Petroleum Transactions (5206) (3)+

2. International Environmental Law Seminar (5802) (2)

3. Climate Change Law (5414) (3)+

4. Natural Resources Law (5418) (3)

5. Natural Resources Law Seminar (5895) (3)

6. Administrative and Environmental Law Practice Seminar (5896) (2)

7. Independent Research Credit (5901, 5902, 5903, 5904) (1) Research paper on energy law topic, if topic approved in advance by Director of Energy Law Center (including qualifying papers for Louisiana Law Review or Journal of Energy Law and Resources)**

8. Graduate-Level Course(s) (3), if approved in advance for cross-enrollment by the Associate Dean of Academic & Student Affairs and for the satisfaction of the certificate requirements by the Associate Dean and the Director of the Laborde Energy Law Center**

9. Apprenticeship Week course(s), if designated***

10. LSU Lyon course(s), if designated*** (1‒3 credits)+

11. The following courses that are not regularly offered at present: Advanced Mineral Law (5207) (3); Selected Issues in Gulf Oil & Gas Development (5425) (3); Oil & Gas Law and Policy in the United Kingdom (5676) (1); Energy Law Seminar (5805) (2); Legal Aspects of Coastal Areas (5731) (2)+; Seminar on Pooling, Unitization and Joint Operating Agreements (5809) (2); Oil and Gas Seminar (5840) (2).

**Graduate-level and independent research topics and credits must be approved by the Laborde Energy Law Center Director. Please submit requests to Cia Fox,
***Certain Apprenticeship & Lyon Courses may be designated as approved energy certificate electives at the time of registration.
+ These courses may currently be used to satisfy the requirements of the D.C.L. as well as the Energy Certificate.

Not all courses are offered every semester or year.

3. Write a research paper in the area of energy law. The paper may be written either within one of the seminars in the Certificate Curriculum or as an independent research paper supervised by an energy law faculty member (includes law review/journal papers).

4. Participate in at least fourteen hours of approved applied learning experiences related to energy law and policy. The goal of all applied energy-related learning experiences outside of the classroom is to increase students’ overall competence in the field. Applied learning experiences may include (but are not limited to):

  • A simulation course#
  • A field placement
  • An internship
  • Conferences/symposia related to energy law (e.g., the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute or the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute), and guest lectures at LSU Law School (but not guest lectures for an LSU Law School course) relating to energy law.
  • Apprenticeship week courses related to energy law#
  • Field trips related to energy law

The approval for credit toward the applied learning experience requirement will either be granted in advance for certain group activities sponsored by the Laborde Energy Law Center, such as field trips or will be granted for individual experiences and opportunities, such as summer internships, by the Director of the Laborde Energy Law Center after consultation with other energy law faculty. Applied learning experience hours are clock hours, not credit hours. Submit hours for approval using the student reporting form.

#Courses used to satisfy the 16-credit-hour Certificate Curriculum may not also be used to satisfy this requirement.