Arizona mining

Mining Law and Policy Specialization

Master of Legal Studies

The MLS Specialization in Mining Law takes advantage of the world-class educational resources in mining and mining law available at the University of Arizona, including at the College of Law, the Global Mining Law program, the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, the Department of Mines and Minerals, and other science-related departments, such as the Department of Geology. As a result of these resources and the strong collaboration between the law school and departments undertaking mining-related research across campus, we are able to offer students both broad and deep training in a variety of aspects of mining, from the business side of mining to regulatory compliance with tax, environmental, and human rights-related laws and norms.

The listings below indicate the college or department offering the course.

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (16 units)

LAW 501 - Procedure (3 units)
LAW 502A - American Common Law System I (3 units)
LAW 502B - American Common Law System II (3 units)
LAW 504 - American Public Law System (3 units)
LAW 507 - Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (3 units)
Mining Law or International Mining Law (2 units)

ELECTIVE COURSE REQUIREMENTS (8-9 units)[1]

At least one of the followings courses related to Social and Environmental Sustainability:

Social and Environmental Assessment (Lowell) 
Natural Resource Development & Community Expectations (Lowell)

At least one of the following courses related to Mining and Indigenous Peoples:

Native American Natural Resources Law (Law)
International Indigenous Human Rights (Law)
International Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples (Law)
Native Economic Development (Law)

At least one of the following courses relevant to Mining and International Business Transactions:

Foreign Investment in Developing Economies: Its Regulation and Protection (Law)
International Business and Investment Structuring (Law)
International Commercial Transactions (Law)
Comparative Commercial Law (Law)

ADDITIONAL ELECTIVES (5-6 units)

Complete the remaining units needed to complete a total of 30 units in courses of the student's choosing in either the College of Law or another department or college at the university. Among the various units, the university offers the following substantive courses relevant to the business, and the law and policy of mining.

Courses Relevant to Mining Transactions and Finance

Foreign Investment in Developing Economies: Its Regulation and Protection (Law)
International Business and Investment Structuring (Law)
Secured Transactions (Law)
Business Organizations (Law)
Business Reorganizations (Law)
Business Planning (Law)
International Business Investment (Law)
International Trade Law (Law)
Contracts (Law)
Corporate Law (Law)
Corporate Governance (Law)
Corporate Taxation (Law)
International Commercial Transactions (Law)
International Commercial Arbitration (Law)
Securities Regulation (Law)
Comparative Commercial Law (Law)
Oil and Gas Law (Law)
Energy Law (Law)
Introduction to Engineering Contract Law (Lowell)
Modern Corporate Organizations in the Mineral Industry (Lowell)
Operations Information Systems & Business Intelligence for Engineers (Lowell)
Acquisition and Financing of Mineral Projects (Lowell)
Applied Evaluation of Mineral Assets and Projects (Lowell)

Courses Relevant to the Science, Technology, and Intellectual Property of Mining

Intellectual Property Law (Law)
Patent Law (Law)
Patent Practice (Law)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Law)
Mineral Deposit Types (Geoscience)
Ore Deposits Mapping (Geoscience)
Physical Geology (Geoscience)
Mineralogy (Geoscience)

Courses Relevant to Mining, Law and the Environment

Environmental Law (Law)
Federal Public Lands and Natural Resources (Law)
International Environmental Law (Law)
Introduction to Social and Environmental Assessment (Lowell)
Natural Resources Law (Soil, Water, Environmental Sciences)
Natural Resource Law and Economics (Agriculture and Resource Economics)
Economics of Environmental Regulation (Agriculture and Resource Economics)
Environmental Policy (Government and Public Policy)
Risk and Society (Geography)
Soil and Groundwater Remediation (Soil, Water, Environmental Sciences)
Fundamentals: Water Resources Policy, Management, Planning, and Rights (Hydrology)
Introduction to Water Resources Policy (Hydrology)
Risk Assessment for Environmental Systems (Hydrology)
Biodegradation of Pollutants in Soil and Groundwater (Soil, Water, Env. Sciences)
Applied Environmental Law (Soil, Water, Environmental Sciences)
Environmental Monitoring and Analysis (Soil, Water, Environmental Sciences)

Courses Relevant to Mining, Lands and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Native American Natural Resources Law (Law)
International Indigenous Human Rights (Law)
Federal Indian Law (Law)
Indigenous Peoples' Law Clinic (Law)
International Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples (Law)
Native Economic Development (Law)
The Law, Policy, and Economics of Development in Indian Country (Law)

Courses Related to Mining, Economic Development, and the Rule of Law

International Trade Law (Law)
Law and Development (Law)
Gender and the Law (Law)
Globalization and Transformation of Culture (Law)
Property, Social Justice and the Environment (Law)
International Human Rights (Law)
International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop (Law)
Public International Law (Law)

Courses Related to Mining Safety Laws and Public Health Policy
Introduction to Human Health Risk Assessment (Soil, Water, Environmental Sciences)
Public Health and Policy Management (Soil, Water, Environmental Sciences)
Environmental and Occupational Health (Soil, Water, Environmental Sciences)
Geologic Hazards (Geoscience)
Mine Ventilation (Lowell)
Mine Health and Safety (Lowell)
Fundamental of Industrial & Environmental Health (Lowell)
Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (Lowell)
Disease and Illness in Mining (Lowell)
Safety Fundamentals (Soil, Water, Environmental Sciences)
Fundamentals of Industrial and Environmental Health (Soil, Water, Environmental Sciences)
Public Health Preparedness (Soil, Water, Environmental Sciences)

 
[1] Although not all courses are offered every semester, a list of possible electives can be found on the course schedules pages.