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RPL-301: Oil, Gas and Mineral Rights

3 credits

This course has been evaluated and recommended for 3 credits by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS), and may be transferred to over 1,500 colleges and universities.



Welcome to LawShelf’s video course on Oil, Gas and Mineral Rights. This course focuses on the ownership, exploration and accessing of subterranean resources.

This is an intermediate level course, as it builds on principles of real property law. Nevertheless, it can be taken and understood by someone without a background in property law.

The first module looks at the development of oil, gas and mineral law and looks at common law rules that affect the subject including the rule of capture and the doctrine of correlative rights. We will also look at the roles of state conservation and land use regulations. Finally, the module discusses basic property ownership principles of subsurface rights and causes of action available to owners of these resources.



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Fundamental Issues in Mineral Rights Ownership - Module 1 of 5


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Legal Issues in the Conveyance of Subsurface Rights - Module 2 of 5


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Mineral Rights Leases: Form and Function - Module 3 of 5


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Oil, Gas and Mineral Contracts and Transactions - Module 4 of 5


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Oil, Gas and Mineral Extraction on Public Lands - Module 5 of 5


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Case Study: Hayes v Chaparral Energy