Law Schools and Students

Law Schools

Law school members of the IEL have one representative on the IEL’s Advisory Board, who is entitled to attend the Annual Oil & Gas Conference and the various Advisory Board events there free of charge.  The Advisory Board representative can also nominate two students to attend most of IEL’s programs throughout the year free of registration fees.

Each year, the IEL organizes a special conference for law schools and law students, held on the campus of one of its members.  The first conference was hosted by the University of Tulsa in March, 2013, and the second took place at the LSU Law Center in April, 2014. The 2015 conference was held in March at the South Texas College of Law in Houston and in 2016 it was held at The University of Oklahoma College of Law. This year’s conference was held at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth on March 24 and 25.

Law Students

Law students are encouraged to attend all IEL conferences.  If your school is an IEL law school member, it can nominate two students to attend most IEL programs free of tuition fees (unfortunately we cannot offer travel or accommodation expenses), and if you are nominated you will be entitled to all the privileges of a conference delegate such as meals, written materials, and access to online materials.

If your school is not an IEL member, or if your school has already nominated two students to attend free of charge, you can still register for a conference at the student rate (usually $125 for a one day conference, and $150 for two days) and receive all the privileges of a conference delegate. 

In addition, when space permits, any law student can attend any IEL program free of charge “on audit”, but in that case will not be entitled to delegate privileges.

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Careers in Energy Law Videos

The IEL has prepared two short videos in which a number of practicing lawyers are asked to describe what they enjoy and find satisfying about their careers in energy law, and also to talk about how they decided at law school or later that energy law was going to be their specialty of choice.  Designed to assist law students and young lawyers who may be considering the oil and gas or other energy industry components either for employment or for specialization, these short productions will be useful to professors and careers advisory staff at law schools, as well as to young lawyers in the early stages of their careers.

The first video, Beyond Law School, is intended to give law students a flavor of life as an energy attorney, and reasons why they might consider energy law as a career.  The second, In Practice, describes the importance of this sector of legal work, as well as the excitement and job satisfaction found by lawyers working there.

You can watch the videos below, and they are also available for download by following these links: Beyond Law School; In Practice.

The IEL Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition

The IEL offers an annual writing prize of $2,500 for law students. As well as the cash prize, the winner will be invited to attend that year’s Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference and Law School Symposium, expenses paid.

The winner of the 2017 prize is Channing Jones, a third year law student at Columbia Law School, for his paper, The Natural Gas Act, State Environmental Policy and the Jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Courts

The other finalists included:

  • Sarah M. Main, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, for her paper Dual Environmentalism: Demand Response in Wholesale and Retail Energy Markets
  • Cameron Secord, University of Houston Law Center, for his paper Uncertain Waters: The Legal Implications of the New “Waters of the United States” Rule on the Energy Sector