How long does it take to obtain the MJEL degree (months, years, semesters, credits)?
It normally takes 2 years to complete the program. It is on average 6 credits per semester (there is one 7-credit semester, and one 5-credit semester), fall and spring. In total, there are 4 semesters, and graduation requires 24 credit hours.
We do not plan to have a summer semester so that you can have a breather (We need one, too!). But, if you want to accelerate the program, you can do so and complete the degree in as little as 1 year.
Does the program require me to come to the school for tests and exams?
No. All exams, quizzes, etc., are online. However, each year at commencement, we plan to bring the entire student body together for the thesis presentations. The format for that will be a conference, where you and your class mates will present your papers to not only the student body, but also to executives, lawyers, and others who are interested in energy law.
After the conference, in your year of graduation, you will walk in the Graduate School commencement here at TU. The degree you will receive is the same as any other person graduating from TU Law.
Can I sit for the Bar Exam with the MJEL degree?
No. The MJEL degree is not designed to change your career path or make you into a lawyer if you are already not one. Instead, the MJEL is designed to help you accelerate your career. It is the legal analog to the MBA.
Since legal requirements are an increasingly important part of the energy industry, the MJEL is designed to give you an edge in the workplace that you cannot get from an MBA or any other business degree.
How much does it cost to complete the program?
The total cost for the program is $24,000 ($1,000 per credit hour), and the cost is spread out across the program depending on the number of credit hours you are taking at that time. On average, it will be $6,000 per semester.
There will be the additional cost of books (approx. $100.00-$200.00 a semester), a headset (price will vary according to your location and preferences), and a digital certificate (approx. $20.00) that allows our partner school, Concord University, to verify that you are the one completing the classes.
Is there financial aid, or are there scholarships or other funding opportunities?
Yes, there is financial aid. The University of Tulsa Financial Aid department will help you with financial aid or identifying scholarships that might be available to you. In addition, your company might have a tuition reimbursement program. The University of Tulsa is a part of the major tuition reimbursement programs. Again, the Financial Aid office can help you with the specifics.
Is there job placement assistance?
Yes. We do provide assistance with job placement. There are very specific parts of the MJEL program intended to help with job placement. Specifically, the thesis program – where you are paired with an advisor who is currently working in industry – is intended to create a strong one-on-one networking relationship.
The year-end conferences are intended to be strong networking opportunities, and will involve our SERL Board of Visitors among others from industry, academia, and the non-profit world.
Is the MJEL program new?
Yes, but MJEL program is based on the well-respected Tulsa SREL program, which has for 38 years been teaching lawyers, executives and academics about energy law. Tulsa established the first energy institute in the Nation in 1975. Since then, our graduates have gone on to be, among other things, general counsels to major international energy companies, deans of other law schools, industry executives, NGO directors and general counsels, and heads or general counsels to state and federal energy, natural resource and environmental agencies. The on-line program intends to reach out to the wider world. With advances in on-line learning technology, we are proud to expand the opportunity for a Tulsa Energy education to all those who need it.