OU Law J.D. students have the opportunity to enhance their degree by earning certificates in specific areas of law.
Adding a specialty to your studies not only broadens your understanding of a certain discipline, but also enhances your marketability. OU Law offers certificates in litigation and business entrepreneurship, as well as in areas that reflect our college’s areas of excellence: American Indian and Indigenous Peoples Law; and Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Law—topics that are vital to cultural significance and economic growth in Oklahoma, nationally, and around the globe.
Our certificate programs combine required and elective law coursework, practical learning experiences, and professional development opportunities. Additionally, depending on your chosen certificate, you’ll learn from subject matter experts at other OU colleges and departments.
Enrich your 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.
The 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. Students will also choose two courses from OU’s Price College of Business to complement their legal knowledge—options include business strategy, marketing, planning, accounting, and finance.
Designed from those seeking a career in litigation, this 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.
From wells to wind, it’s an exciting time for energy in Oklahoma and beyond. This certificate program will further your knowledge of legal issues unique to the energy industry. You’ll 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.