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Oil and Gas Law Center

Nearly a quarter of a century (1989) after Washburn Law's Oil and Gas program was developed to meet the ongoing and ever-changing demands of the industry, the Oil and Gas Law Center was established in 2013.

Because of our program's solid history, national prominence, and location, we have one of the most extensive oil and gas law programs in the nation.

Students may also choose to complete a Certificate in Oil and Gas Law. The Certificate is an acknowledgment by the Washburn Law faculty that the student has successfully completed a focused course of study addressing oil and gas law issues frequently encountered by attorneys.

To augment an already extensive curriculum, Washburn Law offers students a number of extra-curricular opportunities throughout their law school experience. Symposia, conferences and visiting practitioners and scholars provide our students a well-rounded, diverse exploration into natural resources and oil and gas law. Washburn Law students graduate with solid skills required in today's environment.

Full-time tenured professors teach courses associated with the Washburn Law Oil and Gas program. Practicing oil and gas lawyers volunteer their time and expertise for the Mineral Title Examination course and other special events that directly benefit our students. In fact, it's not uncommon for a judge to work hand-in-hand with our students imparting knowledge and offering expertise.

Many distinguished Washburn Law alumni work in all areas of oil and gas and environmental law from Texas to Wyoming and all points in between. Often, they return to Washburn Law as practitioners in residence, spending time with students in small group discussions, in Lunch and Learn sessions, and in class offering insight to real-world practice.

Students participating in Center programs will improve their professional skills and be better prepared to participate in the legal profession. Current and prospective students can learn more about the Center, its activities, benefits, and opportunities by contacting the Center Director Burke Griggs at

Washburn University School of Law
Oil and Gas Law Center
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621
(785) 670-1676

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Burke W. Griggs
Associate Professor of Law