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Mission Statement

Graduates will have knowledge of the major historical legal issues in the mineral extraction industry, analytical skills to perform a certified title search in any state east of the Mississippi under the supervision of an attorney licensed in that state and prepare, file and follow to the final granting stage any permit involving the mineral extraction in any state east of the Mississippi and the communication abilities to negotiate leases, deeds, unitization and pooling agreements, joint operating agreements and other documents that are regularly utilized in the course of business in the mineral extraction industry.

Objectives

A graduate of this program will:
  1. Have a knowledge of the history and the current status of the oil and gas industry.
  2. Have a general knowledge of the skill requirements of the legal assistant's research and writing.
  3. Have a knowledge of the practical applications of legal analysis required to perform paralegal competence in contracts and business organization.
  4. Have a core knowledge of the practical applications of legal analysis required to perform paralegal competence in property and probate law.
  5. Have a knowledge of courthouse research and paralegal work necessary to negotiate natural resource leases, right-of-way leases and purchase of rights to develop and extract natural resources.
  6. Develop an understanding of land-based renewable resources including forests, rangeland, farmland, outdoor recreation, and wildlife.
  7. Evaluate economic, political and social concepts impacting sustainable development and the use of natural resources.