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B.A. in Jurisprudence / Land Management Concentration

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The B.A. in Jurisprudence:  Land Management Concentration prepares its graduates for a variety of positions within the rapidly expanding Marcellus Shale industry.  The unique curricular composition is designed to attract a wide array of students and is applicable to the work of staff landman, operations landman, in-house energy company support staff, third party contractor support staff, property managers, leasing managers, and title abstractors.

The program is distinct in curricular framework, emphasizing jurisprudence and legal topics in conjunction with major courses in oil and gas related land management, surface and sub-surface geology, geographical information systems, and ethics.  Electives related to the major are plentiful and include courses such as Petroleum Geology, Spatial Land Data in the Oil and Gas Industry, Estates and Trusts, Managerial Accounting, and Principles of Management, just to name a few.

Program flexibility allows students to matriculate at the beginning of spring, summer, or fall semesters.

Required Major Courses (9 credits)

JUR 300 Classical Jurisprudence (3 crs.)
JUR 310 Medieval Jurisprudence (3 crs.)
JUR 320 Anglo-American Jurisprudence (3 crs.)

Required Related Courses (30 credits)

LAW 305 Land Management and Administration
LAW 350 Real Estate Law
LAW 370 Administrative Law
LAW 405 Oil and Gas Law
LAW 415 Contract Law for Legal Support Staff
EAS 315 Surface Geology for Land Management
EAS 316 Subsurface Geology for Land Management
GIS 311 Geographic Information Systems
GIS 314 Spatial Land Data in the Oil and Gas Industry
BUS 345 Business Ethics 

Free Electives (40-41 credits)*

Program Notes:

Free Electives (40-41 credits):  In addition to the electives suggested (and listed for convenience), students are encouraged to enroll in electives relating to Law, Business, Geology and Earth Sciences, Economics, Computer Science, Finance, Accounting, and Management at the 300/400 level:**

ACT 321 Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
BUS 343 Corp Social Responsibility (3 credits)
LAW 380 Estates and Trusts (3 credits)
LAW 390 Bankruptcy (3 credits)
LAW 420 Law and Conflict Resolution (3 credits)
LAW 450 Labor and Employment Law (3 credits)
MGT 300 Principles of Management (3 credits)
EAS 429 Petroleum Geology (3 credits) / Face to face option

*This is a transfer program and students entering this program will have at least 40 semester hours of college credits. Students entering with an associate degree will need fewer electives and may finish the program in 4 semesters.

**At least 42 credit hours must be upper division courses (300 level or higher) to qualify for graduation.

Suggested Five-Semester* Course Sequence

Semester 4
 COURSE CREDITS

 LAW 370 Administrative Law

3

 LAW 415 Contract Law for Legal Support Staff

3

 JUR 300 Classical Jurisprudence

3

 BUS 345 Business Ethics

3

 Free Electives or General Education Courses

3



Semester 5
COURSE CREDITS

 EAS 150 Introduction to Geology

4

 Free Electives or General Education Courses

3



Semester 6
 COURSE CREDITS

 JUR 320 Anglo-American Jurisprudence

3

 LAW 305 Land Management and Administration

3

 LAW 350 Real Estate Law

3

 LAW 405 Oil and Gas Law

3

Free  Electives or General Education Courses

3



Semester 7
COURSE CREDITS

 EAS 315 Surface Geology for Land Management

3

 EAS 316 Subsurface Geology for Land Management

3

 GIS 311 Geographic Information Systems

3

 JUR 310 Medieval Jurisprudence

3



Semester 8
COURSE CREDITS

 GIS 314 Spatial Land Data in the Oil and Gas Industry

3

 Free Electives or General Education Courses

9