Energy Law

As a lawyer who focuses on energy law, you will often be at the center of major development projects with significant community, economic and environmental implications. In general, you will help ensure the continuous and sustainable availability of energy resources that fuel the economy, while protecting wildlife, the environment and the climate from the impacts of development.

Here are a few examples of the type of work you might expect as an energy lawyer.

  • Participate in projects to procure and distribute energy resources, ensure their replenishment and long-term supply, and investigate and develop new and alternative resources.
  • Work with private companies building solar, wind or hydropower energy capacities.
  • Assist developers, municipalities or landowners with procuring water and land use rights for energy operations.
  • Engage with regulatory agencies to ensure compliance with existing standards or work to develop new ones.

Core Courses

If you focus on energy law, you should take the following courses.

  • Administrative Law
  • Energy Law

Recommended Courses

Below are recommended courses related to energy law. You should choose courses that interest you or that will further your career objectives.

  • Climate Change and Energy law Seminar
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Oil & Gas Law
  • International Water Law
  • Land Use
  • Law and Science Seminar
  • Natural Resource Law
  • Oil & Gas
  • Water Law
  • LARW III: Contract Drafting
  • Special Topics: LARW III: Oil & Gas Law Drafting
  • Special Topics: LARW III: Environmental Litigation Drafting
  • Special Topics: International Petroleum Transactions

Related Courses

You should also consider taking one or more of the following courses related to energy law.

  • ADR Survey: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration
  • Negotiation Theory & Practice Practicum


To learn about current energy law externship opportunities, contact Externship Program Director Cecily Becker at

Student Organizations

  • Energy Law Student Association