Law Schools and Students
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 2015 conference was held in March at the South Texas College of Law in Houston. This year’s conference will be held at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman on April 1 and 2.
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.
The winner of the 2016 prize is Brett A. Miller, a third year law student at the Texas A&M University School of Law, for his paper, Embracing the Water-Energy Contradiction: Regulatory Implications Associated with Renewable Energy’s Dependence on Non-Renewable Copper.
- Bryan May, SMU Dedman School of Law
- Richard Murad, Texas Tech University School of Law
- Lucas C. Satterlee, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
- Jackie Zhong, University of Houston Law Center
A call for papers for the 2017 prize will be published here and issued to IEL members and others by email in May and September 2016.