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. The 2017 program was held at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth and the 2018 program will be held at The University of Houston Law Center on April 12 and 13.


  • 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
  • Washburn University School of Law
  • West Virginia University College of Law

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 2019 winner of the IEL Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition is Daniel Katter.  Daniel is a second year student at Fordam Law School.

The winning paper was entitled Two Birds, One Stone: How Incidental Take Permits Can Strengthen Bird Conservation and Alternative Energy.  Daniel’s paper will be published in the Institute for Energy Law’s Proceedings of the 70th Annual Institute on Oil & Gas Law published by LexisNexis.

Daniel received $2,500 and attended the IEL’s 70th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference on February 21-22 in Houston, with expenses paid by IEL.

Other finalists this year included:

  • Matthew Ross of Tulane Law School with the paper Fresh Down the Pipeline: An Analysis of the Fifth Circuit's Opinion in Atchafalaya Basinkeeper v. United States Army Corps of Engineers;
  • Daniella Johner of Penn State Law with the paper Secrets Don't Make Friends: A Call to Overhaul the Current Chemical Disclosure Framework for Fracing Fluid;
  • Tony Faini of West Virginia University College of Law with the paper Legislative Stairway to Economic Heaven: Why a Dormant Minerals Act is a Necessary Addition to West Virginia's Recent Natural Gas Modernization Laws; and
  • Colton Tobias of the University of Houston Law Center with the paper Foe Turned Friend: Wind Farms Can Co-Exist with Oil and Gas.

Call for Student Papers to Become the IEL Hartrick Scholar for 2020

The IEL Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition: The Institute for Energy Law of The Center for American and International Law announces its 2020 Hartrick Scholar writing competition. All eligible students are invited to participate.

Eligible Students and Topics: Students enrolled in law school anywhere in the world as of December 2019, and seeking a first degree in law, such as a juris doctor, LL. B. or an equivalent, 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 6, 2019. 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 2018-19); (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. The winning paper will be published in the 71st Annual Proceedings of the Institute on Oil & Gas Law; therefore if the article has been published elsewhere, the submission must include permission to publish the article from the original publisher.

Selection of the 2020 Hartrick Scholar: The Hartrick Scholar selected by the Judging Committee will be notified on February 1, 2020. The Scholar will receive a $2,500 cash award at the Institute for Energy Law’s 71st Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference to be held February 20-21, 2020, in Houston, Texas. Selection as the Hartrick Scholar includes, in addition to the $2,500 cash award, reimbursement of the cost of travel to attend the Annual Conference in Houston.

Submit Articles To:

Hartrick Scholar Judging Committee
ATTN: Vickie Adams
Institute for Energy Law

For Questions Contact:

Vickie Adams
Institute for Energy Law
(972) 244-3421