EEL Course and Seminar Recommendations

Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Center 

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).


Environmental/Natural Resources

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.

Energy/Natural Resources

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
  • Antitrust

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 careers


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 Resources Law 
TUII – 134 (713) 743-2336

Professor Darren Bush: Anything in Energy Law, Deregulation and Competition in Electricity, and Antitrust
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 Law
TUII - 122 (713) 743-2158