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Summer Mini 2022

5355 Oil & Gas Law - WELLS- 15454

Professor(s): Bret Wells (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law 

Time: CANCELLED    Location:  

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. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. 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, F from 9-11:30 AM starting on Monday May 16 to Friday June 3. The exam will be on Saturday June 4.

The class will not meet on May 30 in observance of Memorial Day holiday.


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:      

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: TEXAS OIL AND GAS LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS by Jacqueline L. Weaver and Bret Wells. The casebook is available online and print-on-demand at the following site: - NOT in the Bookstore... RECOMMENDED TITLE ORDERED IN BOOKSTORE: Shade, Primer on the Texas Law of Oil and Gas, LexisNexis 2013, ISBN: 9780769880907.