TU College of Law Launches Partnership with Chinese University for Energy Law Program

Monday, November 26, 2012

The University of Tulsa College of Law recently signed an agreement with Beijing Normal University (Law School and School of Criminal Law and Science) to offer TU Law's LLM degree for foreign lawyers with an energy law concentration for students at Beijing Normal.

The purpose of the agreement is to support the legal training in energy and natural resources law of qualified Chinese law students graduating from Beijing Normal University's School of Law and College of Criminal Law Science.

"We are excited to launch this unique partnership with Beijing Normal," said Janet Levit, Dean of TU College of Law and Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair. "China is a major economic force in the world, and this collaboration will allow Chinese law students to learn more about energy and natural resources law from our experts at TU Law while giving our students the opportunity to learn from them, as well."

TU Law offers an LL.M. in American Law for graduates of foreign law schools that features a concentration in Energy Law. Through the Energy Law concentration, students examine legal and policy approaches for achieving the important goals of energy reliability, sustainable supplies of natural resources and a healthy environment.

The partnership in China developed as a result of recommendations included in the Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization, which identified Asia as a region of strategic interest for the university. Students pursuing the Energy Law concentration will benefit from The University of Tulsa's legacy as an oil and gas industry research powerhouse and its diverse energy programs in engineering, business, law, environmental protection and information security.

Other benefits include opportunities to interact with TU Law's Sustainable Energy & Resources Law (SERL) Program and the National Energy Policy Institute (NEPI). They will also be able to network with the SERL Board of Visitors, which is comprised of energy, environmental and natural resources professionals in the midst of prestigious careers.

The energy LLM is offered as of 2012-13 for qualified foreign law grads from any country. The Center for Global Education will be the liaison from TU with the Chinese university, in partnership with TU Law. Partnerships with other Chinese universities are currently being negotiated.

About The University of Tulsa College of Law

Nestled in one of the nation's traditional energy centers in a state rich in oil, natural gas, and wind resources, The University of Tulsa College of Law has built its reputation as a destination for energy law. In addition to energy, the college is also the national leader in Native American law, one of only a few schools in the nation to offer an LL.M. in Native American and Indigenous Law.

The University of Tulsa College of Law, a private law school with a total enrollment of 350 students and a student to faculty ratio of 11:1, provides an academically rigorous, yet congenial atmosphere with opportunities for scholarship, leadership and faculty mentoring. Students develop practical skills through participation with student-driven legal journals, award-winning moot court teams, an on-campus clinic, and pro bono program. In addition to unique specialties in energy and environmental law and Native American law, joint interdisciplinary degrees include a JD/MBA and JD/MTAX. TU’s Mabee Legal Information Center is recognized as one of the nation’s top university law libraries. For more information on The University of Tulsa's College of Law, visit www.utulsa.edu/law.

Melanie Christian