This course will provide a broad overview of oil and gas law. It will examine the process by which oil, gas, and other minerals are produced and the legal issues raised by the various stages of production. It will also explore the property rights that allow for such production and the contracts by which those rights are created and extinguished. Given that the focus of the course will be on the litigation attendant to oil and gas exploration and production, the course will consider the environmental and non-environmental issues that arise and how those issues are litigated, in addition to discussing emerging topics that will hold the future for oil and gas litigation. Examples of topics covered by the course will include, among others, environmental remediation of oilfield sites, federal and state regulation of the oil and gas industry, mineral royalty disputes, deepwater exploration and production, natural gas production, and technologies providing opportunities for expanding the scope of mineral production, both domestically and internationally. Pass/Fail.