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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

LawShelf Educational Media | Evaluated Learning Experience

Oil, Gas and Mineral Rights (RPL-301)


Various (self-study, self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

June 2021 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze the legal protections of property rights that owners of subsurface mineral and petroleum resources possess; identify the groundwork for dormant mineral acts under the law; articulate the functions and necessity of granting clauses and habendum clauses in mineral leases; describe how mineral leases differ from other real property leases; and explain how the federal government manages private exploration and extraction of publicly managed natural resources.


This course focuses on the ownership, exploration, and accessing of subterranean resources and focuses on the development of oil, gas, and mineral law and discusses applicable common law rules including the rule of capture and the doctrine of correlative rights. Other topics include mineral rights, subsurface rights, extractions, and the legal aspects of contracts to allow all of these.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Business Law, Management, or Paralegal Studies (6/21).