News Types: Law Student Opportunities

UT Energy Forum Competition

The UT Energy Forum is soliciting abstracts from undergraduate and graduate students conducting energy-related research for the opportunity to compete in the UT Energy Forum research poster competition on February 19-20, 2014, which will award nearly $10,000 in prizes. Abstracts are due by December 20, 2013. The UT Energy Forum will be held in the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center at the University of Texas at Austin on February 19-20, 2014. For detailed information about the research competition, please see the official Call for Abstracts.

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Conference

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation offers free admission and financial support for travel to students interested in attending one of its conferences.  This fall, there are two opportunities available: a conference on International Energy and Minerals Arbitration  and Renewable Electric Energy Law and Development  If you are interested in attending one of these conferences, you must obtain a recommendation from Professor Smith, Professor John Dzienkowski, or Professor Melinda Taylor.

Law Student Summer Interns (Summer 2013)

The Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law at the University of Texas School of Law is taking applications for its 2013 summer internship program.

The Center will shape the program so that it engages student academic and career interests while furthering ongoing Center efforts.  Above all, the program is flexible.  The precise roles that interns play will depend upon intern preferences and the activities the Center has underway.  In the past, for instance, interns have assessed the impact of Texas budget cuts on environmental enforcement and have assisted in cutting-edge research on hydraulic fracturing.

It is likely interns will assist in projects that arise from the 2013 session of the Texas legislature.  During the session, the Center will be actively involved in discussions surrounding policies related to energy and the environment and particularly water supply.  Interns may assist in researching policy proposals, developing best practices or other guidance for agencies implementing new legislation, or commenting upon rules the agencies are promulgating.

Additionally, students may assist in projects intended to improve regulatory processes and to shed light on environmental enforcement practices in Texas.  Past interns, for instance, have assessed the impact of state budget cuts the Texas Council on Environmental Quality.

The Center is directed by Melinda Taylor, a law school senior lecturer who teaches courses in environmental law and coastal watersheds, and is affiliated with several other permanent and visiting faculty members who are experts in the fields of environmental, energy and natural resources law.

Law students will work closely with Professor Taylor and the Center’s research fellow, Jeremy Brown, and will have the opportunity to attend academic seminars, policy strategy sessions meetings and meetings with the Center’s board of advisors, many of whom are practitioners at leading Texas law firms.

The internship program is paid and will serve as sound preparation for a career in environmental or energy law and policy.  If interested, please send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Gena Dawson at

The Integrated Watershed Science Graduate Portfolio Program

The Integrated Watershed Science Graduate Portfolio Program (the “GPP”) provides graduate students at UT Austin the opportunity to supplement their current degree program with an interdisciplinary study of watershed issues.

GPP students complete twelve hours of study focused on integrated watershed science, policy and planning, and fieldwork.  Through this additional focused study, GPP students are able to take advantage not only of UT-Austin’s resources and learn from both the unique local landscape of Central Texas and their fellow students from other disciplines.  As a result, GPP students complete the program with a broader understanding of water issues. GPP students also give a professional presentation on their research.

For more information visit the Environmental Science Institute website: 

Integrated-Watershed-Science-GPP PDF with program information.

AIPN Student Writing Competition and Student Scholarship Program

It is time for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) annual Student Writing Competition and Student Scholarship Program.

The prize for the winners of the AIPN Student Writing Competition includes registration, travel and accommodations for the AIPN International Conference. Essays should be an original work of no more than 4,000 words on any specific issue of the student’s choice which is directly related to international petroleum negotiations, such as matters of contract, law, or policy. The deadline for submission is May 13, 2012.

For the AIPN Scholarship Program, AIPN will be underwriting eight scholarships in the amount of US $5,000 each, which will be awarded to up to eight students for the academic semester beginning in Fall 2012. Applicants must apply by June 1, 2012. The scholarships will be disbursed over the Fall Semester 2012 and Spring semester 2013 ($2,500 each semester). The funds will be paid directly to the recipient’s college or university to offset tuition. Previous AIPN Scholarship winners are not eligible to participate.

These are just two examples of the AIPN’s efforts to encouage student interest in the international energy industry. Students can join the AIPN for only $25 per year. The on-line application for membership in the AIPN can be found at