At UT Law, the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice is a focal point for critical discussion and policy analysis of international human rights law and advocacy. The Center connects students, practitioners, and academics engaged in interdisciplinary study of human rights both locally and globally. The Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law promotes and sponsors education, collaborative research, critical discussion, policy analyses, and hands-on clinical experience to address the most pressing energy and natural-resource issues of our time.
Elsewhere in the University of Texas, the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law engages the best minds in academia, government, and the private sector in developing practical solutions to the pressing problems of an increasingly globalized world. The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, together with the School of Law, offers an innovative program in Latin American and International Law.
Under development are programs that will expand the depth of the exchange between UT Law and law schools in Latin America. A joint degree program between UT Law and a Mexican law school is currently in the planning stages. It will allow students to receive both an American JD and a Mexican law degree, and thus be able to practice in both countries. Also in development is an initiative that will bring Latin American lawyers to study for an American JD degree. Having foreign students around the School of Law makes possible wide-ranging discussions with people of different backgrounds and perspectives, and enhances the educational experience for all.