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Online short course tackling a highly technical and challenging interface between the oil and gas industry and English legal system.

Oil and gas contracts are about risk and reward, in a context of complex partnerships and agreements. Drafting contracts enforceable under English law places much responsibility on energy lawyers.

This course is designed specifically for legal professionals seeking to hone their skills and boost their careers in this critical and complex area.



Overview

Opportunities are growing for highly-skilled commercial lawyers working in oil and gas and charged with the critical responsibility of drafting often highly complex contracts.

In the eventuality of a project not going according to plan, current English law and its approach to identifying fault can bring challenges for an industry which takes a more pragmatic approach to assessing and allocating risk. Considerable skill is required on the part of legal professionals drafting contracts that work for the industry and can be understood and enforced under the English legal system.

You’ll look at all the aspects involved in the in the law relating to risk allocation in oilfield contracts.  This will include the role of insurance, public policy challenges, gross negligence, third party issues and solutions, limitations of different solutions, different approaches in jurisdictions, and contractual interpretation. By doing so you will gain a comprehensive understanding of all the issues at stake when developing such contracts.

The University has long been at the forefront of researching many novel developments in policy and regulation as the industry evolves both in the UK and globally. You’ll gain from this depth of expertise, decades of experience and influence in Europe’s energy hub, and strong ongoing links with the industry and its regulators.

Whether a lawyer in this fast-growing field or an ambitious industry professional seeking to widen your knowledge, this short course gives you all the convenience of online distance learning with a university renowned for producing first-class energy lawyers for industry and governments around the world.


Why Aberdeen for this course?

The combination of track record, location, breadth of expertise, long experience, teaching and research strength, plus industry input, makes Aberdeen the obvious provider of first-class education in all areas of oil and gas.

This topic is a particular strength, with academics highly experienced in drafting these contracts, together with specialists working in the industry and whose input brings a particularly rich and multidisciplinary perspective.

We boast one of the largest and most experienced teams of oil and gas experts in any European law school, a team of leading practitioners in teaching and research across all legal fields pertaining to energy, including oil and gas, renewables and environmental law.

Our international School of Law is one the UK's elite training grounds for lawyers, ranked 10th out of over 90 law schools in the UK, (The Complete University Guide 2018) and number 1 for for Graduate Prospects (The Times Good University Guide 2018), highly rated for teaching, research and student care, 93%  student satisfaction score (NSS 2017).

Previous graduates have gone on to enjoy highly successful careers. These range from senior positions with oil and gas companies, with international law firms servicing the industry, and also with government organisations across the world.

You can study this credit-bearing online short course standalone, or as a taster to continue your professional development with a PGCert, PGDip, and progress to a full online Masters programme in our popular and topical portfolio across the spectrum of law. In an exit survey in 2016, 98% of students graduating from our LLM programme in Oil and Gas Law said that it had added value to their career prospects, and 97% would recommend this degree to others.

All our energy students benefit from the added focus and profile provided by the University’s Aberdeen Institute of Energy, its Centre for Energy Law, and a rich programme of energy-themed events throughout the year. You will also have access to the wonderful online resources of the award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Law Library, with a first-class collection of reference works in law and related subjects.


What you'll study

You’ll gain a thorough grounding in the law relating to risk allocation in oilfield contracts, including the role of insurance, public policy challenges, gross negligence, third party issues and solutions, limitations of different solutions, different approaches in jurisdictions, and contractual interpretation.

You’ll learn from highly-experienced energy lawyers at a UK top-ten School of Law, and with the added value of industry input, as you grow your own expertise, contacts and career prospects and become equipped with the intellectual, critical and practical knowledge and skills fundamental to practising in this demanding and highly-technical field.


How you'll study

This online, 12-week short course offers all the flexibility to enable you to study when, where and how you choose, and to fit your learning around your work and personal commitments.

Our online courses are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), and have been developed specifically for an online audience using a range of learning materials and assessment activities.

Our online short courses are self-contained units of learning that are taught and assessed to the same quality as our degree programmes. We aim to create an online classroom experience and student community so that you enjoy the same learning experience as students on our full degree programmes, including access to a suite of learning resources and support.

You’ll be guided through your programme with podcasts of lectures, core readings, discussion boards and plenty of contact with tutors.

Our first-class support structure will ensure that you are not alone in your study. Contact with your course tutors may be by email, Skype or Facetime, and you can use social media and discussion boards to find and talk to your fellow students wherever they are.

Wherever you are in the world, as you enjoy the convenience of online distance study, you will still feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.


Assessment

Our online courses are delivered through an online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and have been developed specifically for an online audience using a range of learning materials and assessment activities.

You will have short online assessments during the course to ensure your progress, with the main assessment being a practical contract drafting exercise to demonstrate your understanding and new skills acquired through your studies.


Entry Requirements

Normally, a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Law will be required to be accepted onto this course. Relevant practical experience in a related field will also be beneficial.

All students entering the University, including online courses, must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study our programmes effectively. Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. For details of our pre-sessional English courses see our Language Centre website.