News Types: Law Student Opportunities

Law Student Opportunity: RMMLF Grants Program

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) welcomes applications for grant funding. Visit the Professors & Students page of our website at RMMLF Grants for full details.

The RMMLF Grants Program was established in 1976 to promote scholarship, research, writing, teaching, and the study of mineral resources law and related fields at law schools around the country. In 2017 the Grants Program was expanded to include these traditional scholarship projects as well as innovative new projects or proposals in the fields of mining law, oil and gas law, energy law, water law, public land law, and related legal areas.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Preparation of books, articles, and similar materials for publication
  • Preparation of teaching materials
  • Research expenses incurred by faculty and supervised law students
  • Start-up funding for new educational programs, classes, or conferences

Examples of eligible expenses include research assistant compensation, publication costs, publicity costs, essential travel, project-related compensation, and data acquisition costs.

Applications are evaluated by the RMMLF Grants Committee on a continuing basis, with preference given to Constituent Law Schools of the Foundation and to projects that will result in a clear, tangible outcome with widespread utility and long-term value. Larger grant requests may be evaluated quarterly, since funds are limited and the Committee wishes to ensure that funds go to the most worthy projects.

Applications and requests for information regarding the Grants Program should be submitted electronically to Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Law Student Opportunity: Institute for Energy Law – Upcoming Conferences

August 7, 2017

To:  Advisory Board Representatives of Law School Members

The Institute for Energy Law has several upcoming programs to which each IEL Law School Member may nominate two students to attend with waived tuition: the 8th Law of Shale Plays Conference on September 6-7 in Pittsburgh,  the 10th Annual YEP General Counsel Forum on September 28 in Houston, the 7th Oilfield Services Law Conference on October 12 in Houston, the 3rd Rockies YEP General Counsel Forum in Denver on October 19, the 16th Annual Energy Litigation Conference on November 9 in Houston and the 5th Midstream Oil & Gas Law Conference on December 7 in Houston.  A nomination form for each of these conferences is available here. The IEL Law School Member for the UT School of Law is: Professor Ernest Smith (

Unfortunately, we are not able to subsidize travel or accommodation expenses for the students beyond the conference meals.

If you wish to nominate one or two students to attend the conference, please complete the attached registration form and email it to Lisa Gaspar ( and she will make sure that your students are registered.  We ask that you return the form no later than 10 days prior to the conference start date.  If you have any questions regarding registering a student, please contact me. Note to students: Please contact Professor Smith directly so that he can complete the nomination form on your behalf.

Please do not attempt to register the students online using the regular registration form.  To be registered, the students must be nominated by you, as the school’s IEL Advisory Board Representative; we are unable to register self-nominating students or students nominated directly to us by other faculty members.  Please note that discount registration is also available for law students if you have more than two students who desire to attend.

Additionally, for the International Oil & Gas Law, Contracts and Negotiations – Parts I & II (these are joint conferences with IEL, RMMLF & AIPN), which will take place in Houston on September 25-29 and October 2-6, IEL is allowed to send two students (total) to each of these programs.  If you have a student that you would like to nominate, please email me their contact information and which week they would like to attend.

Finally, I would like to let each of you know that this coming year, we are making a strong push to get more involvement from our law school members, from the students at those schools to their professors.  As part of that initiative, I am starting a list of academic speakers and topics that we will be able to submit to the co-chairs of upcoming programs as they are doing their planning.  Therefore, if you would like to be included in this list, please send me the topics on which you would be willing to speak, you may also submit information for your colleagues.  We are interested in energy related topics, as well as ethics.

If you have any ideas for ways in which IEL can get more student involvement, I welcome your input!  Thank you for all that you do and I look forward to seeing you and your students at upcoming events.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Vickie Adams
Associate Director
The Center for American and
International Law
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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.