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Course Eligibility & Requirements


Any LSU law student in good standing who has completed at least one full semester of full-time law study with a grade point average of 2.6 or higher is eligible to participate in the certificate program. An interested student must complete an application, available here. The information from the application and a required orientation session will be used to assist the student in planning an appropriate course of study.


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

1. Apply to participate in the certificate program before the first day of classes of the student’s final semester before graduating from 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 18 credit hours within the Certificate Curriculum, as further set forth below. A student’s grade point average in coursework satisfying the Certificate Curriculum must be at least a 3.2.

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 (6 or more credit hours):

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

2. Advanced Mineral Law (5207) (3)

3. International Environmental Law (5413) (3)+

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

                5.  Natural Resources Law (5418) (3)

6. Selected Issues in Gulf Oil & Gas Development (5425) (3)

7. Oil & Gas Law and Policy in the United Kingdom (5676) (1)

8. Legal Aspects of Coastal Areas (5731) (2)+

9. Energy Law Seminar (5805) (2)

10. Seminar on Pooling, Unitization and Joint Operating Agreements (5809) (2)

11. Oil and Gas Seminar (5840) (2)

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

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

14. Independent Research Credit (5901 or 5902) (1), if approved in advance (paper topic in energy law; supervised by an energy law faculty member; includes law journal/review papers)**

15. Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy (College of the Coast and Environment) (ENVS 4266) (3)

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

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

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

**Graduate-level and independent research credits must be approved by the Laborde Energy Law Center Faculty. Please submit requests to Alanna Clanton,
***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#
An field placement
An internship
Conferences/symposia related to energy law (e.g., the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute held at LSU or the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute)
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 18-credit-hour Certificate Curriculum may not also be used to satisfy this requirement.