Mutual Cooperation Agreements
University Houston Law Center Students Intern in México City
The Center for U.S. and Mexican Law has the following Mutual Cooperation Agreements:
Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). In 1989, the University of Houston Law Center concluded a Mutual Cooperation Agreement with the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since that time, the Law Center has provided tuition scholarships to over 20 lawyers from the Ministry, permitting them to matriculate and complete the Master of Laws degree at the Law Center. After completing their law studies in Houston, the lawyers have all returned to the Mexican Foreign Service; two Law Center alumni have served as Legal Adviser to the Foreign Minister, several have served as Ambassadors, and many other Foreign Service Officers work in embassies around the world. In addition, for many years, the Ministry has received University of Houston Law students as summer interns in the Office of the Legal Adviser in México City, as discussed below.
Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). In 1993, UH Law Center signed a Mutual Cooperation Agreement with PEMEX that is similar to the Agreement with the Foreign Ministry. Since that time, over 20 PEMEX attorneys have completed the Master of Laws degree. As the eighth largest oil company in the world, PEMEX has found this method training its legal staff to be an essential tool in competing in the international energy sector. In addition, as part of the agreement, PEMEX has each year received UH law students as legal interns in the summer, working at the PEMEX headquarters in México City.
The Center is currently working with México’s Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) to final-ize a collaboration agreement that would provide for similar opportunities for CNH’s staff attorneys and UHLC law students. This summer, three UHLC students will are interning CHN’s legal department.
Summer 2012 SRE intern Rochelle Garza and PEMEX intern Paige Cantrell at a soccer game in México City.
2012 Interns Paige Cantrell and Mariana Avendano with Professor Zamora and PEMEX General Counsel Marco Antonio de la Peña, with PEMEX UH Law alumni.
2012 Intern Rochelle Garza with Professor Zamora and Ambassador Arturo Dáger, UH Law alumnus and Legal Advisor to the Foreign Ministry, with UH Law Alumni.
If you are interested in receiving academic credit for your internship in Mexico City, you should contact Erma Bonadero at ecbonade@Central.UH.EDU. Guidelines for receiving credit can be found here: http://www.law.uh.edu/clinic/guidline.pdf
Summer Internship Application
Resources for Possible Accommodations in Mexico City