News Types: Law Student Opportunities

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

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


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


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:

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

American Bar Association Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section’s Law Student Writing Competition



William Kolbe Law Student Writing Competition

Rules concerning the competition are as follows.  The dates shown will change each year.

  1. The competition is open to law school students in good standing, currently attending an ABA-accredited law school within the United States and its possessions, and who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. All entrants must be members of the American Bar Association Law Student Division at the time of submitting the entry. Employees of the ABA, and its respective affiliates and immediate family or household members of such employees are not eligible.
  1. All submissions must be the original work of the entrant, must have been written on or after June 1, 2016 and must not have been previously published in any media. Only one essay is to be submitted for each entrant.
  1. Papers should address a current topic of general interest in a legal area covered by the Section. The Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section covers specific industries that provide certain important, in some cases, essential, services to the general public.  Many of the industries covered by the Section have been or currently regulated as public utilities.  The Section is organized into industry committees and practice committees that relate to areas of legal specialty (e.g. antitrust, labor, taxation and accounting) as they apply to those industries.  These committees are identified on the Section’s website.  The Section will interpret the scope of the subject broadly to ensure that the Competition affords a great degree of flexibility in writing on these subject areas, but in any event the decision of whether a particular essay qualifies as to subject matter is entirely within the discretion of the Section.  Entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest or significance, not state-specific issues
  1. Essays must be submitted on standard, 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, 12-point type, and must not exceed 50 pages, including footnotes. In addition, each essay must be made available in an Microsoft Word electronic format  as an email attachment sent to
  1. Entrants should write essays in traditional law review style, presenting a scholarly discussion with full citation to authority in footnotes. Lengthy lists and outlines normally are not appropriate within the text of an essay, however, they may be included as appendices to a textual discussion. For example, if the law of all states on a subject is surveyed, the essay may compare analytically how and why the law differs between jurisdictions. A listing of the law by jurisdiction within the body of the essay would generally not be appropriate. If such a listing of the law by jurisdiction would be of particular value to the reader, it may be included in an appendix to the essay. Entrants should write essays in the active voice and in the third person. Essays should conform to the current edition of The Bluebook—A Uniform System of Citation.
  1. The following information shall be presented on the title page: title; author’s name; ABA membership number; law school attending and author’s year in school; author’s permanent and temporary addresses and telephone numbers and email address.
  1. The format of this competition has been selected to stimulate creativity of thought and research. Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: clarity of the topic presented, significance of the topic selected, manner in which the topic is treated, organization, quality of analysis, quality of research and authority provided, and grammar, syntax, and form.  The entries will be judged anonymously by members of the Law Student Outreach Task Force of the Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section, all of whom will be members of the Section.  The members of this Task Force will be appointed by the Section Chair annually.  The winning selection(s) will be made by the Task Force and approved by the Section Chair.  The Section Staff Director will notify the winner of his/her selection. The Section reserves the right not to award any prizes if it is determined that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year.
  1. The winner will receive $2,500 cash, a free membership in the Section for one year after admission to the bar, and airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the Section’s Fall Council Group Meeting. The winner will be announced in the Section’s quarterly publication, Infrastructure. The winner’s essay will posted on the Section Web Site for approximately one year and will be considered for publication in the Section’s Annual Report.   Winner must submit a completed W-9 to receive the cash prize.  The full fair market value of the prize, including travel and accommodations, will be reported on a 1099.  Winner is responsible for all taxes.
  1. By entering, the winner gives the ABA the exclusive worldwide right of first publication of their entry in any and all media or form of communication; the non-exclusive worldwide right to reproduce, distribute, sell, perform, display and license the entry; and the non-exclusive worldwide right to use the winner’s name and likeness in connection with the essay or this Writing Competition.
  1. All entries submitted become the property of ABA and will not be returned; however non-winners will retain full copyright to their entries. Entries must be submitted to:

Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section
Student Writing Competition
American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Attention:  Ms. Susan Koz –

  1. Entries must be postmarked on or before June 30, 2017.

EPA Region 6 (Dallas) staff attorney positions

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications for staff attorney position(s) in the Region 6 office in Dallas, Texas.  Attorneys in Region 6 are responsible for a variety of legal duties associated with implementing federal environmental laws in the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas, as well as 66 Federally recognized tribes. The responsibilities can include counseling regional staff, defending the agency when sued, conducting administrative litigation, developing civil enforcement cases for litigation, working with the U.S. Department of Justice in litigating those cases, and negotiating settlements of such cases. Attorneys work on matters receiving intense public and congressional attention involving serious threats to public health and the environment and often millions of dollars in cleanup or other costs to eliminate those threats. Working in a large organization, attorneys must be skilled at coordinating and cooperating with large numbers of involved parties. Also, attorneys must be able to resolve disputes and develop a consensus among different interests including from the public, industry, environmental groups, and state and local governments.

Salaries for potentially available positions range from GS-11 ($62,712) to GS-14 ($105,623) based on level of experience.  Vacancies are open to all qualified applicants.  To qualify, an applicant must: (a) be a U.S. citizen; (b) have a law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from an accredited law school; (c) be admitted to practice before the highest court of a State, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and (d) have active status as a member of the bar in one of these jurisdictions.

Candidates, through academic courses, internships, work or other activities, should have a demonstrated interest in environmental law and/or environmental protection.  Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills and a strong interest in public service, especially in the mission of EPA.  One or more positions may also be available for recent law school graduates for a period of not more than 2 years under an honors fellowship program.  Recent law school graduates who have not passed the bar may be considered but employment will be contingent on passing the bar.

A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment and continued employment will be subject to the applicant’s completion of the security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

EPA will not pay relocation expenses.

The Environmental Protection Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women, minorities, attorneys with disabilities and veterans are especially encouraged to apply. If you qualify for veterans preference and want the Agency to consider that preference as a positive factor in reviewing your application, you must include in your application appropriate documentation such as DD214 (copy 4), your VA letter, or Standard Form-15 (disabled veteran).

To apply, submit a cover letter explaining your interest in environmental law and this position, and your resume, to Regina Edwards-Washington, Program Analyst, U.S. EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Ave. (6RC-D), Suite 1200, Dallas, TX 75202-2733.  Fax 214-665-2182.  Telephone 214-665-7403.

Applications may be reviewed upon receipt.  Applicants are encouraged to submit applications by December 6, 2016.

RMMLF CLS Opportunities for Law Students

To: RMMLF Constituent Law School Trustees, Professors, and Students:

Visit the Professors & Students page of our new website to see all the great opportunities for law students at our Constituent Law Schools (CLS), including:

Student Memberships – NEW:  Full-time students may become Annual Members of the Foundation.  Join now for only $25, and your membership extends to the end of 2017 (then you can renew for the next calendar year at only $20).

Student attendance at RMMLF courses: Three upcoming Special Institutes may be of interest to students, and travel cost reimbursement may be available:

  • Oil & Gas Joint Operations and the New AAPL Form 610 Model Form Operating Agreement, November 3-4, 2016, in Houston, Texas
  • Advanced Public Land Law-The Continuing Challenge of Managing for Multiple Use, January 26-27, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development, and Investment, April 26-28, 2017, in Quito, Ecuador

Scholarships: The Foundation offers two scholarship programs. Full-time students who can demonstrate a commitment to the study of natural resources law are eligible to apply. Application due dates for the 2017-2018 academic year are February 28, 2017 (JD students) and March 15, 2017 (LLM/SJD students).

Networking Grants: Planning a natural resource law-related networking event? Apply for a Foundation Networking Grant. This program supports collaborative events among student organizations, CLS Trustees, law professors, local law firms, and other Foundation members, that foster education, generate interest in mineral law and related areas, and increase awareness about the Foundation’s educational programs and opportunities.

Visit our new website at for more information. We appreciate your help in getting the word out about these great opportunities.

Frances C. Hartogh
Associate Director/Director of Outreach

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
9191 Sheridan Blvd., Suite 203
Westminster, CO 80031
303-321-8100 x 107