Oil and Gas Contracts – 5 Basic Elements


This course focuses on the 5 basic elements of oil and gas contracts. We’ll discuss what makes a contract legally enforceable, the definition and defenses for breach of contract as well as the legal principles used by courts to interpret contracts. A brief overview of the major exploration and production contracts are examined including Farm-outs, Area of Mutual Interest Agreements, Assignments and Joint Operating Agreements.

Who should take this course:

Landmen, attorneys, division order analysts, lease and title analysts, geologists and anyone interested in understanding basic U.S. contract law and the legal requirements necessary to make an agreement legally enforceable. In addition, this course would be ideal for anyone interested in getting a clearer understanding of the different contracts used during the exploration and production phases in the development of oil and gas properties.



Course Objectives:

You will be able to analyze any agreement and determine whether or not it meets the basic elements that render a contract legally enforceable in U.S. courts. In addition, you will be able to identify and explain the impact of each of the basic contracts used in the industry in the development of oil and gas properties.

Course Length:

1hr video

Your Instructor

Alyce Hoge

Alyce Hoge

Alyce Boudreaux Hoge is an attorney, a Certified Division Order Analyst and a Certified Professional Lease and Title Analyst. She was admitted to the State Bars of Texas and Louisiana and has over 25 years experience in the oil and gas industry. Alyce received her Bachelor of Arts in History at Centenary College of Louisiana. She received her Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University Law School.

Alyce is a popular and dynamic speaker. She often speaks at national conferences to standing room only audiences. With her legal background and signature Cajun humor, Alyce is fond of saying she gives “Legal Advice with Cajun Spice.” Come see why many consider her training to be the BEST in the industry!


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