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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 14 credits)

  • Must complete at least 9 credits from one focus area (Energy, Arbitration, or Environment)
  • Must complete 5 credits from one or both of the remaining focus areas

Sample Course Offerings (seminars not listed)

Energy Courses
  • Energy Law
  • Multi Party Conflict Resolution in Energy & Environmental Matters
  • Oil & Gas
  • Oil & Gas Taxation
Environmental Courses
  • Corporate Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law: Air & Water
  • Environmental Law: Toxics
  • Environmental Law & Natural Resources
  • Multi Party Conflict Resolution in Energy & Environmental Matters
  • Water Law
International Arbitration Courses
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Arbitration
  • Investment Treaty Arbitration
  • Negotiation
  • U.S. Commercial Arbitration: Principles & Practice