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 each 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 2105 conference will take place on March 27 and 28 at South Texas College of Law in Houston.

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 any IEL program 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.

Call for Student Papers

Eligible Students and Topics: Students enrolled in law school as of December 2014, and seeking a juris doctor degree, are eligible to submit an article for consideration in the IEL Hartrick Scholar competition. The general subject for this year’s competition is any topic related to energy development. This includes, for example, topics concerning oil and gas law, alternative energy resources, energy regulation, and environmental regulation of the energy industries.

The article can be any work prepared by the student while enrolled in law school and can include prior works prepared for a law journal or a law school course, so long as the submitted version complies with the submission guidelines. The Hartrick Scholar Judging Committee will select one or more outstanding submissions that they deem worthy of recognition.

Submission Guidelines: The article must be submitted electronically to the Hartrick Scholar Judging Committee, at the address listed below, on or before December 19, 2014. The article should not exceed 8,000 words including footnotes (this approximates 40 double-spaced pages of text and footnotes or 25 printed pages). Footnotes should be in Blue Book format and placed at the bottom of the page where the footnoted text appears. The article should be submitted in pdf format accompanied by a cover email message that contains the following information: (1) your name; (2) the title of your article; (3) the law school where you are currently enrolled; (4) your year at law school (in 2014-15); (5) your mailing address; (6) your telephone number, preferably cell phone; and (7) your email address. The article should NOT contain your name, law school, or any other identifying information.

Selection of the 2015 Hartrick Scholar(s): The Hartrick Scholar selected by the Judging Committee will be notified on February 4, 2015. The Scholar will receive a $2,500 cash award at the Institute for Energy Law's 66th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference to be held February 19-20, 2015, in Houston, Texas. The Hartrick Scholar will also be recognized for his or her work at the IEL's Annual Law School Symposium, to be held at South Texas College of Law in Houston on March 27-28, 2015. Selection as the Hartrick Scholar includes, in addition to the $2,500 cash award, reimbursement of the cost of travel to attend the Conference in Houston and the Law School Symposium.

  • Submit Articles To:
    Hartrick Scholar Judging Committee
    ATTN: J. Alan B. Dunlop, Director
    Institute for Energy Law
    Using this email address: lhogarth@cailaw.org
  • For Questions Contact:
    Lilly Hogarth, Project Manager
    Institute for Energy Law
    +1.972.244.3424
    lhogarth@cailaw.org