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Summer Mini 2024

5355 Oil & Gas Law - WELLS- 15447

Professor(s): Bret Wells (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law 

Time: 5:30p-8:45p  MTWTH  Location: 200 

Course Outline: This course covers the basic property, contract and regulatory framework for oil and gas production in Texas. It explores common law property concepts (such as the rule of capture, trespass, cotenancy, life tenancy); the provisions of an oil and gas lease negotiated between a mineral interest owner and an oil company as lessee; mineral and royalty interest conveyancing; and Railroad Commission regulation of drilling, production, pooling, and unitization for the efficient and fair development of oil and gas.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.

This class will meet on M, T, W, TH, from 5:30 PM to 8:45 PM starting on Monday May 13 to Thursday May 30, 2024. The exam will be on Saturday June 1, 2024.

The class will not meet on May 27 in observance of Memorial Day holiday.


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 6/1/2024 5-8PM      

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available

Course Materials

Special Case

Course Materials: Required Reading Materials: Bret Wells, Texas Oil and Gas Law: Cases and Materials (LiveCarta 3rd Edition 2024). These materials can be obtained directly from the publisher (link below)