Program in Natural Resources Systems

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PINRS logo stackNatural resources are an integral and undeniable component of modern societies globally. These resources are critical for energy, agriculture, manufacturing and economic development in general. Our natural environment is a highly complex and integrated system, and sound decision-making related to the sustainable management of natural resources and the environment requires a broad and interdisciplinary approach. Acknowledging the centrality and complexity of natural resources systems, the Natural Resources Systems (NRS) Program at Texas A&M School of Law endeavors to train and offer real world experience to students on law and policy issues related to exploitation, management and conservation, and advance research on natural resources that connects with other disciplines and with communities worldwide.

Real Work Experience



Students in the NRS Program have worked as interns at various private sector, governmental and non-governmental organizations


Students in the NRS Program have earned course credit while gaining meaningful and substantive legal experience under the supervision and mentorship of practicing attorneys, judges and policy experts locally, across the nation, or internationally.
Hope Shelton Meet Hope Shelton, ​​Summer 2017 intern in the General Counsel’s Office of the Trinity River Association in Arlington, TX, where she gained powerful lessons in leadership.

REP-PP 2017 Henrik StrandMeet Henrik Strand, who worked on the RESTORE Act in Austin as an extern at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, part of the Residency Externship Program in Public Policy.


Global Experiences

Explore natural resources systems issues throughout the world in our Global Programs field ​study courses and field placements.

  • Guanajuato LauerMexico:
    Contemporary Issues in Water Resources: U.S. Mexico Water-Food Nexus, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Video: Learn more
  • IsraelIsrael:
    Water, Energy, and Dispute Resolution
    May 2018 Field Study
    Blog coming soon
  • ScotlandScotland:
    Natural Resource Management and Dispute Resolution
    May 2018 Field Study
    Blog coming soon
Blog:Cambodia Angor Wat MariFollow Marializa Kelly (JD '15) in Phnom Penh ​where she worked as part of an international ​team to complete the draft ​Environmental ​Code for Cambodia. This transparent process involved public participation and ​collaborating with the Ministry of Environment, UN Development Programme and various NGOs. Her ​international field placement was sponsored in part by Texas A&M Law Global Programs.


Interdisciplinary Collaboration

NRS Faculty​ collaborate with other Texas A&M University System units in conducting research, teaching classes and coordinating field courses. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty, compete for specialized scholarships and participate in interdisciplinary conferences and classes around the world.

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