Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resource Systems Law Program

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Natural 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 Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resource Systems Law Program (EENRSLP) 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 EENRSL Program have worked as interns at various private sector, governmental and non-governmental organizations Learn about recent NRS program internships


Students in the EENRSL 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. Learn about recent EENRSL ​Program externships
Haley Varnadoe HeadshotHaley Varnadoe (2L) is from Marietta, Ohio, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. .
Jaime Villereal HeadshotJaime Villarreal (3L) he graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, then spent five years working for the Texas House of Representatives under Representative Eddie Lucio III.

Former Students: Pursuing a Passion

Hope Shelton ’18:
Hope Shelton HeadshotHope Shelton, took the time to share with the EENRSLP about her jump into the working world and how she came to open up Shelton Regulatory Consulting, LLC.
Meet Hope.
Cheryl Massey Barnett ’04(TXWesLaw):
Cheryl Massey Barnett HeadshotCheryl Massey Barnett currently works at the EPA Region 6 as a Branch Chief in the Office of Regional Counsel’s Air Enforcement Branch.  Meet Cheryl.

Global Experiences

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

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    Contemporary Issues in Water Resources: U.S. Mexico Water-Food Nexus, Guanajuato, Mexico
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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 ​global lawyering internship was sponsored in part by Texas A&M Law Global Programs.


Interdisciplinary Collaboration

EENRSL 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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