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Oil and Gas Law Online with Professor David Pierce

Professor David Pierce, widely recognized expert and a leading oil and gas law educator, is teaching his Oil and Gas Law course in an online format during the spring 2015 semester. You can join Washburn Law students in gaining expertise in an area that will benefit you in your job search. Because Oil and Gas Law is being offered online it can easily fit into your other course and work schedules.

Energy (including oil and gas) is one of the top 10 practice areas driving hiring now for new lawyers seeking employment ("What's Hot," The National Jurist, September/October 2014).

Washburn Law's oil and gas program has been developed over the past quarter centery. It is one of the most extensive oil and gas law programs in the United States and has a solid history and national prominence. The Oil and Gas Law Center coordinates the many opportunities offered to both students and practicing attorneys.

Oil and Gas Law Course Description

LW 740; 3 hours. Some of the most complex contract and property law issues concern the determination of rights and obligations in the oil and gas natural resource. Students will learn the law governing oil and gas ownership, development, marketing, and transfer. This course also studies the “upstream” exploration and production elements of the oil and gas industry to fully appreciate how law can impact an industry, and how an industry can impact the law. Even students who may not have a particular interest in oil and gas law will find this course very useful in further developing their contract and property law skills. This class is a prerequisite for Advanced Oil and Gas.

Questions about the course and its content can be directed to Professor Pierce at


Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska residents qualify for in-state tuition. The three credit hour tuition for these students is $1,881 ($627/credit hour). Tuition for all other students (i.e., nonresidents) is $2,937 ($979/credit hour).

How to Apply

Most law schools allow students to transfer credits for courses completed at other accredited law schools. Check with your institution for its policy and any limitation on the number of credits you can transfer.

The enrollment process is easy. Submit the following items to Donna Haverkamp, Student Records Administrator:

  • A completed Application for Enrollment as a Visiting Student at Washburn Law (18 KB PDF; requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
    • Be sure Part B is completed (certification by your home institution that you are in good standing and that upon successful completion of the course the hours will be accepted as transfer credits).
  • An official copy of your law school transcript.
  • Page 1 of the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report submitted when you applied to law school.

Mail these items to: Washburn University School of Law, ATTN: Donna Haverkamp, 1700 SW College Ave., Topeka, KS 66621.

Enrollment related questions should be directed to Donna Haverkamp at

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David E. Pierce
Norman R. Pozez Chair in Business and Transactional Law and Professor of Law

Professor Pierce is the recipient of a 2012 Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award presented by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. This award recognizes excellence in teaching natural resources law and fostering of a broad understanding of the law, mentoring of students, and innovative style.

Photograph: Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law (book).

Professor Pierce is one of the authors of the leading casebook, Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law, 6th edition (West Academic, 2013).