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 Energy Law Conference and the various Advisory Board events free of charge.  The Law School Advisory Board representative can also nominate two students to attend most of IEL’s programs throughout the year free of registration fees.


  • Baylor University Law School
  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • LSU Law School
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • Penn State Law
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Rutgers University School of Law - Camden
  • SMU Dedman School of Law
  • South Texas College of Law - Houston
  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Tulane University Law School
  • University of Alberta Faculty of Law
  • University of Arkansas School of Law
  • University of Colorado Law School
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Houston Law Center
  • University of Kansas School of Law
  • University of Mississippi School of Law
  • University of New Mexico School of Law
  • University of North Dakota School of Law
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • University of Tulsa College of Law
  • University of Waikato
  • University of Wyoming College of Law
  • UNT Dallas College of Law
  • Vermont Law School
  • Washburn University School of Law
  • West Virginia University College of Law

Law Students

The IEL organizes special programs for law students each year for free. Since 2020 IEL has held a multi-part Summer Associate Series on topics designed to help law students understand the practice of energy law.

Two of the sessions from the 2021 series are available on our YouTube channel – Wellhead to Plastic Bag: A Technical and Operational View of the Oil & Gas Industry and Covering the Field: A Discussion with Energy Lawyers in Different Disciplines.

A few of the sessions from the 2022 Summer Associate Series can be found here: Paradigm Shift in the Regulation of EU Energy Markets, Russia/Ukraine Conflicts, Energy Markets and Keep Calm and Lawyer On: Managing Stress and Maintaining Civility.

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.

IEL has Law Student Membership available for $25. Law Student Members become part of IEL’s vibrant Young Energy Professionals’ (YEP) Committee. Law Student Members are invited to YEP social events and free webinars. 

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.

Law students are invited to submit articles for consideration for our Young Energy Professionals’ publication, The Energy Dispatch, and our member newsletter, the Energy Law Advisor. For questions regarding submission guidelines, please email

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The Institute for Energy Law Announces 2022 Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition Winner

The 2022 winner of the Institute for Energy Law’s Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition is Molly Samsell. Molly is a second-year student at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Molly ran a non-profit makerspace. She holds an M.F.A in Studio Art and B.A.s in Astrophysics and Photography.

Her winning paper is entitled Oil’s Well That Ends Well—An Application for a New Mexico-Texas Transboundary Well and Its Implications. The paper will be published in the Institute for Energy Law’s Proceedings of the 73rd Annual Institute on Energy Law and the New Mexico Law Review

Molly received a $2,500 prize for winning the competition.

Other finalists this year included:

  • Virginia Porter Allen of the University of Miami School of Law with the paper The Liability Regime and Tax Incentives of Carbon Sequestration in Comparison to Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Claire Brown of Georgetown University Law Center with the paper Regulating the “Low-Level” Offenders in the Methane Emissions Battle
  • Travis Murphy of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law with the paper The Limits of the Minimum Offer Price Rule After F.E.R.C. v. Electrical Power Supply Association
  • To Nhu of the University of Houston Law Center with the paper Yes! In My Backyard: Community Participatory Strategies to Boost Acceptance of Wind Energy

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 2021 Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition received a very large number of papers, making it one of our largest competitions ever. Each paper was ranked by multiple judges. Four papers were identified by the judges as finalists this year, and Eric Leis of Notre Dame Law School was chosen as this year’s winner with his paper Facilitating Fission: How the NRC Can Improve the Licensing of Small Modular Reactors. Eric received a $2500 prize and registration to the 72nd Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference. To read the winning paper, click here.

Other finalists this year include:

  • Rachel Blue, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Solving the U.S. Plastic Crisis: Chemical Recycling to Advance Plastic to Fuel Creation
  • Marisa Del Turco, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, The Transformation From Cooperative Federalism to Exclusive Jurisdiction: Issues In the Evolution of a New Era Of Energy Regulation
  • Jenelle Tubergen, University of Houston Law Center, Is Lithium Really That Lit? A Life Cycle Analysis of Lithium-Ion Batteries