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 2023 Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition Winner

The 2023 winner of the Institute for Energy Law’s Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition is Harry Phillips. Harry is a third-year student at Tulane University Law School. He will join the Houston office of Haynes and Boone, LLP in the Fall of 2023 before clerking for The Honorable Jay C. Zainey of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in the Fall of 2024. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Mississippi and is a Captain in the Louisiana Army National Guard.

His winning paper is entitled The Inflation Reduction Act and WTO Obligations: Forecasting a Turbulent Future for American Wind Energy Initiatives. The paper will be published in the Institute for Energy Law’s Proceedings of the 74th Annual Institute on Energy Law.

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

Other finalists this year included:

  • Alison Dietze of Georgetown University Law Center with the paper From Waste to Energy: Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas in the United States
  • Angelyn Gemmen from West Virginia University College of Law with the paper Turbulent Times: The Environmental Impact of Wind Energy
  • Alex Thompson from SMU Dedman School of Law with the paper One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s … Cryptocurrency? How Capturing Flared Gas to Mine Bitcoin Can Solve Multiple Environmental and Policy Issues
  • Graham Vert of Georgetown University Law Center with the paper White Oil: The Thacker Pass Mine and the Future of American Lithium Production

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.