EEL Course and Seminar Recommendations
Marcilynn Burke/Darren Bush/Victor Flatt/Jacqueline Weaver
During your second year, consider taking Administrative Law, Environmental
Law, Oil and Gas Law, and Energy Law and Policy. These introductory courses
will better prepare you for the advanced courses in this area. Avoid
taking more than two heavily statutory courses at one time, unless you
love reading and analyzing statutes.
Adjunct professors often teach highly specialized courses in this area,
but it is sometimes difficult to predict when such courses will be offered.
Thus, sign up for a specialized course when it is available because it
may not be offered the following year.
The Law Center offers a Masters of
Law (LL.M.) degree in Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law.
Thus, we usually offer a number of specialized courses in these areas
in the evenings when most of our LL.M.’s
attend classes. Courses of interest in growing areas of the legal profession
include International Energy Transactions, International Environmental
Law, and Energy Law & Policy (Electricity Restructuring).
SEQUENCING OF COURSES
For those of you most interested in the environmental/natural resources
area, we recommend that you consider taking first Environmental Law,
Natural Resources Law, and Administrative Law. These courses serve as
the basic building blocks for more specialized study in this area.
Many seminars have as a pre-requisite that you have taken either Environmental
Law or Natural Resources Law or that you otherwise obtain permission
from the professor.
For those of you most interested in the energy/resources area, set out
below is a recommended sequencing of courses. Note that the basic Environmental
Law course is nonetheless essential.
Building blocks to more advanced courses:
- Oil and Gas—take before
International Energy Transactions
- Energy Law and Policy (an overview course)
- Administrative Law
- Environmental Law
- Natural Resources (public lands) Law
- Energy Economics—take
in Fall semester before Energy Inc. in Spring semester
Advanced or sequenced courses:
- Energy Inc.—take Energy Economics first Energy Seminar (Senior
Writing Requirement)—prerequisite is at least two courses
from the first list, or permission of the instructor.
- Environmental Seminars—some
of the specialized topics, such as sustainable development, are
also very relevant to an energy practice. Check with the instructor
for how much freedom you have to pick an energy-related topic
that fits into the general theme of the seminar.
- Project Finance—sometimes
offered by an adjunct; a good course for international energy
For further information about planning your course schedule in the Energy,
Environmental, and Natural Resources Law area, visit:
Professor Marcilynn Burke: Anything in Environmental Law or Natural
TUII – 134 (713) 743-2336
Professor Darren Bush: Anything in Energy Law, Deregulation and Competition in Electricity,
BLB – 126 (713) 743-3346
Professor Victor Flatt: Anything in Environmental Law
TUII – 224 (713) 743-2155
Professor Jacqueline Weaver: Anything in Oil and Gas, Energy Law, Water Law, or Natural Resources
TUII - 122 (713) 743-2158