Jerome Schuetzeberg, J.D.
Office Hours: By appointment
Room Number: NW 325
Education: J.D., University of Texas (1965); B.S., Texas Tech (1962)
Area of Expertise: Oil & Gas Law, Business Law
Teaching at Texas Tech University
J. H. Schuetzeberg started teaching Business Law in the Fall of 1968. A few years later, he started teaching an Oil and Gas Law course for the Landman Program in the School of Business Administration. The oil and gas law course was a course that most geologists and petroleum engineers took in pursuit of their degrees. During the downturn in the oil and gas industry after the late 70's and early 80's boom and bust, the Landman Program was basically dissolved. The Oil and Gas Law course was dropped around 1990. In the late 1990's and early 2000 years, Texas Tech University and the School of Business was approached by the oil and gas industry and producers to re-start its energy program. He was again asked to teach the Oil and Gas Law course for the newly established Energy Commerce Program. He happily and eagerly agreed to do so. He has been teaching the Oil and Gas Law course and Business Law courses ever since.
Professional and Personal Experience
After graduation from law school in 1965, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Lubbock County, Texas for approximately 2 ½ years. Starting in 1967-68, he worked for a civil law firm. In 1968, he started teaching Business Law at Texas Tech. After starting to teach at Texas Tech, he became a sole practitioner and continued civil and criminal law practice. His legal work involved contracts, torts, family law and various business organizations. During the earlier years, he also began working with landowners in the leasing of their oil and gas interests.
In the early 1970's he bought some “stripper wells” in Oklahoma in an attempt to waterflood the lease(s). That turned out to be the beginning of understanding downhole problems, as well as understanding other phases of operating and producing oil and gas wells, and maintaining oil and gas leases. Many valuable lessons were learned during that experience. For example, he learned the basic rule of needing a steady, constant and adequate supply of water when instituting a waterflood program. After approximately 4 years and the price of oil rising to $2.75 a barrel, he sold the wells and leases.
After that experience, he realized the oil and gas industry was the area of law he really enjoyed. He started working with some independent oil and gas producers and operators in their leasing and operational activities. Oil and gas leasing, and the production and operations in the oil and gas industry became the specialty in law that he loved.
Also being a lover of history, he would visit as many of the old historic oil discoveries and fields as he could. He worked with a family whose oil and gas interests were in the very middle of the East Texas Field. He went to the site of the Daisy Bradford 3 discovery well of the East Texas Oil Field. In like manner, he visited the historic “Santa Rita Well” site location, which was the discovery well to the entire Permian Basin production. He was able to visit the Spindletop Well site location and the discovery well site location of the Yates Field. He always enjoys standing in the very spot and place where history was made.
Awards and Honors
- Outstanding Professor of the Year 1990-1991, Delta Sigma Pi, Beta Upsilon Chapter
- 2010-2011 - Nominated by Conoco Phillips employees and elected and recognized as 1 of 10 Faculty in the United States in the Conoco Phillips Faculty Sponsorship Program (FSP) - and the Energy Commerce Program was awarded $25,000.