News Types: Law Student Opportunities

Law Student Opportunity: Graduate Research Assistant Positions Available for Fall 2017 Semester

Professor Melinda Taylor is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant for the Fall 2017 Semester. To be considered, applicants must be second or third year law students or LLMs in the Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law Concentration and must have taken or are currently taking Oil and Gas Law. The successful candidate will assist Professor Taylor with a research project that will analyze various research questions in regard to, but not limited to, environmental regulations and case law applicable to oil and gas drilling in Texas, and the Texas regulatory framework applicable to groundwater compared to oil and gas. Applicants must submit a writing sample and resume to by September 8, 2017 to be considered. The GRA can expect to work 5-10 hours per week, and the appointment may be renewed for the spring based on their performance during the fall semester. Professor Melinda Taylor is seeking a second Graduate Research Assistant for the Fall 2017 Semester. To be considered, applicants must be second or third year law students or LLM students in the Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law Concentration. It would be helpful if applicants have taken or are currently taking Environmental Law and/or Environmental Law and Natural Resources. The successful candidate will assist Professor Taylor with writing an article analyzing three programs designed to protect rare species at risk of extinction and evaluating their effectiveness. Applicants must submit a writing sample and resume to by September 8, 2017 to be considered. The GRA can expect to work 5-10 hours per week, and the appointment may be renewed for the spring based on their performance during the fall semester. Note: Since we’re hiring for 2 different GRA positions, please include a copy of the job description with your application materials.  

Law Student Opportunity: RMMLF Grants Program

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) welcomes applications for grant funding. Visit the Professors & Students page of our website at RMMLF Grants for full details. The RMMLF Grants Program was established in 1976 to promote scholarship, research, writing, teaching, and the study of mineral resources law and related fields at law schools around the country. In 2017 the Grants Program was expanded to include these traditional scholarship projects as well as innovative new projects or proposals in the fields of mining law, oil and gas law, energy law, water law, public land law, and related legal areas. Examples of eligible projects include:
  • Preparation of books, articles, and similar materials for publication
  • Preparation of teaching materials
  • Research expenses incurred by faculty and supervised law students
  • Start-up funding for new educational programs, classes, or conferences
Examples of eligible expenses include research assistant compensation, publication costs, publicity costs, essential travel, project-related compensation, and data acquisition costs. Applications are evaluated by the RMMLF Grants Committee on a continuing basis, with preference given to Constituent Law Schools of the Foundation and to projects that will result in a clear, tangible outcome with widespread utility and long-term value. Larger grant requests may be evaluated quarterly, since funds are limited and the Committee wishes to ensure that funds go to the most worthy projects. Applications and requests for information regarding the Grants Program should be submitted electronically to Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Law Student Opportunity: Institute for Energy Law – Upcoming Conferences

August 7, 2017 To:  Advisory Board Representatives of Law School Members The Institute for Energy Law has several upcoming programs to which each IEL Law School Member may nominate two students to attend with waived tuition: the 8th Law of Shale Plays Conference on September 6-7 in Pittsburgh,  the 10th Annual YEP General Counsel Forum on September 28 in Houston, the 7th Oilfield Services Law Conference on October 12 in Houston, the 3rd Rockies YEP General Counsel Forum in Denver on October 19, the 16th Annual Energy Litigation Conference on November 9 in Houston and the 5th Midstream Oil & Gas Law Conference on December 7 in Houston.  A nomination form for each of these conferences is available here. The IEL Law School Member for the UT School of Law is: Professor Ernest Smith ( Unfortunately, we are not able to subsidize travel or accommodation expenses for the students beyond the conference meals. If you wish to nominate one or two students to attend the conference, please complete the attached registration form and email it to Lisa Gaspar ( and she will make sure that your students are registered.  We ask that you return the form no later than 10 days prior to the conference start date.  If you have any questions regarding registering a student, please contact me. Note to students: Please contact Professor Smith directly so that he can complete the nomination form on your behalf. Please do not attempt to register the students online using the regular registration form.  To be registered, the students must be nominated by you, as the school’s IEL Advisory Board Representative; we are unable to register self-nominating students or students nominated directly to us by other faculty members.  Please note that discount registration is also available for law students if you have more than two students who desire to attend. Additionally, for the International Oil & Gas Law, Contracts and Negotiations – Parts I & II (these are joint conferences with IEL, RMMLF & AIPN), which will take place in Houston on September 25-29 and October 2-6, IEL is allowed to send two students (total) to each of these programs.  If you have a student that you would like to nominate, please email me their contact information and which week they would like to attend. Finally, I would like to let each of you know that this coming year, we are making a strong push to get more involvement from our law school members, from the students at those schools to their professors.  As part of that initiative, I am starting a list of academic speakers and topics that we will be able to submit to the co-chairs of upcoming programs as they are doing their planning.  Therefore, if you would like to be included in this list, please send me the topics on which you would be willing to speak, you may also submit information for your colleagues.  We are interested in energy related topics, as well as ethics. If you have any ideas for ways in which IEL can get more student involvement, I welcome your input!  Thank you for all that you do and I look forward to seeing you and your students at upcoming events.  Please let me know if you have any questions. Vickie Adams Associate Director The Center for American and International Law 1.972.244.3421 | Find Us On: Twitter  LinkedIn Web:

Summer 2017 Law Internship Program

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! An internship program has been established by the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law (OGERL) Section of the State Bar of Texas to provide law students with a demonstrated interest in oil, gas and energy resources law the opportunity to obtain practical experience and exposure to the oil, gas and energy sector. Under this Program, the OGERL Section will sponsor a summer internship at the following: (1) the Public Utility Commission of Texas; (2) the Texas General Land Office; (3) the Railroad Commission of Texas; (4) the University Lands System; and (5) the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The internships will last six weeks during the summer of 2014. A stipend of $5,000 will be paid to the selected candidates by the Section. The aforementioned agencies and ERCOT will make the final hiring decisions, and such decisions may be subject to additional background checks or requests to be made by the agencies and/or ERCOT. Applications are due on or before April 30, 2017. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on this date to be considered. To apply, please complete and submit the following by the deadline: (1) OGERL Internship Application with affidavit certifying enrollment during the current school year; (2) an unofficial copy of your transcript; and (3) Intern Publicity Release and Liability Waiver Form (properly executed and witnessed). The OGERL Internship Application and the Intern Publicity Release and Liability Waiver Form are available at your Career Placement Office or on the OGERL  website at Once you have filled out the application, please sign in the space provided and return your completed application, the executed and witnessed Intern Publicity Release and Liability Waiver Form, and an unofficial copy of your law school transcript to the following address by the deadline: OGERL Section Internship Program c/o Peter E. Hosey Jackson Walker L.L.P. 112 E. Pecan Street, Suite 2400 San Antonio, TX 78205-1521 Fax: (210) 242-4610 E-Mail: Eligibility Requirements: In order to be eligible for selection, an applicant must satisfy the following requirements:
  1. Law students interested in participating in this Program must be currently enrolled at
an accredited law school. Preference will be given to law students attending one of the nine accredited Texas law schools or Texas residents. The applicant must submit verification of enrollment during the 2016-2017 academic year. Applicants who are Texas residents attending a non-Texas law school may be requested to show proof of residency. A release form authorizing the Section to obtain a current law school transcript must be signed and attached.
  1. The applicant must provide legal proof of authorization to work in the United States.
  1. The applicant must be in the top 50% of his or her class.
  1. Applicants must not have been or currently be subject to any disciplinary action by
any institution or entity, including, but not limited to, any education or law enforcement agency. Please email questions to

Law Student Opportunity: 2017-2018 Ernest and Paula Smith and TELA (Texas Energy Law Association) Energy Law Scholarships – – Deadline Extended Until Friday, March 24, 2017

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION: The School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin (“Texas Law”) and the Texas Energy Law Association (“TELA”) are pleased to offer scholarships to students at Texas Law with a demonstrated interest in energy law. The number and dollar value of scholarships awarded by Texas Law and TELA will vary from year to year based on the funds available and the number of qualified applicants. Texas Law and TELA cannot guarantee that scholarships will be awarded every year. Texas Law and TELA expect to award at least two scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarship recipients will be announced via email in late March 2017. The recipient will be recognized at the TJOGEL / TELA Spring Happy Hour on March 30, 2017. (Scholarship recipients will receive an email with the time and location of the TJOGEL / TELA Spring Happy Hour.) Scholarships will be disbursed directly to the School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin and will be applied to tuition bills for the Fall 2017 semester. Eligibility Requirements:
  •  Rising 2L and 3L students in good standing at the School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin (dual degree students are eligible)
  •  Students with a demonstrated interest in energy law
  •  Students are eligible to receive Ernest and Paula Smith and TELA scholarships for more than 1 year, but they must reapply every year
  •  Students who are not selected as scholarship recipients for their 2L year are highly encouraged to reapply for their 3L year
  • Please submit this application via email to Mauricio Pajón ( no later than noon on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Note that the deadline has been extended until Friday, March 24, 2017.
  • Typed applications are preferred.
  • Please fill in all blanks and include all of the materials requested.
  • Email any questions to
Download a PDF of the application. For more information about the Texas Energy Law Association, visit

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation 2017-2018 Scholarship Programs

A reminder that application deadlines for our Scholarships Programs are fast approaching: SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINES: JD Applicants – FEBRUARY 28, 2017 LLM Applicants – MARCH 15, 2017 Information and an application form can be found on our website at The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) has two Scholarship Programs to support well-qualified law students who have the potential to make significant contributions to scholarship in natural resources law:  the Joe Rudd Scholarships, established in 1979 in honor of a prominent natural resources attorney in Alaska, and the RMMLF Scholarships, established in 1993. Over $2.5 million has been awarded to 486 scholars.
  • A law student enrolled full time at one of the Foundation’s Constituent Law Schools listed below and who can demonstrate a commitment to study natural resources law or who is undertaking the study of natural resources law is eligible to apply for these tuition scholarships. Incoming LLM Students and JD 1Ls: If you have applied to one of these schools, but have not yet been accepted, you may still apply for a scholarship, although scholarships will only be awarded for tuition at these schools.
University of Alberta University of Arizona Arizona State University Brigham Young University University of Calgary University of California–Davis University of Colorado Creighton University University of Denver Gonzaga University Florida State University University of Houston University of Idaho University of Kansas Lewis and Clark Louisiana State University University of Montana University of Nebraska University of Nevada–Las Vegas University of New Mexico University of North Dakota University of Oklahoma University of the Pacific–McGeorge University of South Dakota Southern Methodist University Texas A&M University Texas Tech University University of Texas University of Tulsa University of Utah Washburn University University of Wyoming  
  • Amount of Scholarships. Scholarship awards may cover partial or full tuition costs only. The tuition scholarships must be used at, and will be paid directly to, one of the Constituent Law Schools listed above.
  • Criteria for Selection. Applications will be evaluated by the RMMLF Scholarships Committee according to an established set of criteria, which include:
  • Potential to make a significant contribution to the field of natural resources law
  • Academic ability
  • Leadership ability
  • Year in law school
  • Financial need
Questions? Please email