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The Master of Laws Program

Concentration in Global Energy, International Arbitration & Environmental Law

This innovative concentration is in cooperation with the law school's groundbreaking Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business. The KBH Energy Center 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. This unique degree program allows students to explore the intersections between natural resources law, environmental law, and international arbitration. Students in the program concentrate in one focus area of study, but take core courses in one or both of the other two areas and have the flexibility to integrate all three fields of study. Connections among the three areas are explored in courses, and students are also encouraged to consider an interdisciplinary approach.

This concentration is open to students with a foreign law degree and students with a J.D.

General Requirements (must complete a total of 24 credits)

  • A three-credit writing seminar or a two-credit directed research project (with a 30-page paper) in a related area.
  • Introduction to U.S. Law (This fall course is required for students with a foreign law degree. Foreign students with a background of common law study may request a waiver of this requirement.)

Concentration Requirements (must complete 12 credits)

To obtain a certificate in Global Energy, International Arbitration, or Environmental Law, an LLM student will be required to meet UT Law’s requirements for the LL.M degree and complete at least 12 credit hours from one focus area (Energy, Arbitration, or Environment). ¬†For the Global Energy and Environmental Law concentrations, students are strongly encouraged to take Administrative Law, in addition to the 12 required credit hours in one of the focus areas.

The following is a partial list of courses offered in each of the three subject areas.  Not every course is offered every year, and additional courses are offered from time to time that meet the certificate requirements.

Sample Course Offerings (clinics and seminars not listed)

Energy Courses
  • Energy Law
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Multi Party Conflict Resolution in Energy & Environmental Matters
  • Oil & Gas Law
  • Oil & Gas Taxation
  • Oil and Gas Leasing and Regulation
  • International Petroleum Transactions
  • International Business Transactions
  • Texas Wind Law
  • Emerging Issues in Renewable Energy Policy
  • Law, Science, and Finances of International Energy Transactions
  • Public Policy Issues/Climate Change/Renewable Electric Industry
Environmental Courses
  • Corporate Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Advanced Environmental Law--Air & Water
  • Advanced Environmental Law--Toxics
  • Advanced Environmental Law--Natural Resources
  • Environmental Impacts of Oil and Gas Development and Production
  • Property and Governance
  • Water Law and Policy in the 21st Century
  • Texas Environmental Law and Administrative Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Topics in Sustainable Development
  • Ocean Law
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Coastal Watershed Protection
  • Solving Toxic Problems: Putting Theory into Practice
  • Climate Change Law
  • Fracking and More: Environmental Issues in Unconventional Energy Development
International Arbitration Courses
  • Arbitration
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Investor-State Arbitration
  • Topics in the Theory and Practice of Arbitration
  • Arbitration in Latin America
  • International Business Transactions