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August Intersession 2014 - Mineral Title Search and Examination


On-Campus Summer Course: 

Mineral Title Search and Examination - 2 cr.

Professors Howard and Baker

August 4-7 9am - 4pm

August 8 9am - Noon

This 2 cr. course will familiarize and provide the students with an overview of the process of examining mineral titles and rendering legal opinions on title in the context of mineral production and development.  Students will gain hands-on experience by conducting mineral title examinations in regional courthouses as well as drafting title opinions. The course will focus on examining title to Appalachian mineral properties, including natural gas and coal. The course will include a hands-on title search component where students will research the title from public records, learn how to identify conveyances and exceptions, and how to construe a mineral severance deed.  The course will cover examining the title and identifying potential problems with the title, such as mortgages, easements, inadequate legal descriptions, improperly acknowledged documents, powers of attorney, foreclosures, bankruptcies, unpaid taxes, deed restrictions and reverters.  

For ASL 2L's and 3L's

Also available for Non-ASL students. 

Registration open until July 28.  For more information, contact the Registrar at 276.244.1297 or email