Energy Law Negotiation Competition


 South Texas College of Law Houston Energy Law Negotiation Competition

The Energy Law Negotiation Competition provides students with an opportunity to develop their negotiation skills with real world fact patterns based on current issues in the field of energy law. Students specifically interested in pursuing a career in energy law also have a wonderful opportunity to network with experienced energy lawyers in Houston, the energy capital of the country, during a networking reception sponsored by law firms Haynes & Boone and Gray Reed & McGraw. What makes this competition unique is that every student competitor is guaranteed to be judged by experts in the oil and gas field.  We have been honored to welcome judges from a variety of energy companies and law firms including but not limited to:

Energy Companies: Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Apache Corporation, BHP Billiton Petroleum, Cantera Energy, Chevron, EP Energy, Fieldwood Energy, GeoSouthern Energy Corporation, Hess Corporation, Occidental Petroleum Corp., Shell, Southwest Energy, Swift Energy,  Talos Energy, Treadstone Energy Partners, ZTC Petro Investments

Law Firms: Andrews Kurth, Baker Botts; Bibby, McWilliams & Kearney; Clennan, Hood & Bieber; Dupuis & Polozola; Garere, Wynne, Sewell; Godwin Lewis; Gray Reed & McGraw; Gordon & Rees; Greenberg Traurig; Haynes & Boone; Hogan Lovells; Jones Day; Jones Gill; King & Spalding; Kirby, Mathews & Walrath; Kirkland & Ellis; Liskow & Lewis; Locke Lord; Reed Smith; Sadler Law Firm; Sanders Willyard; Steptoe & Johnson; Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard; Vinson and Elkins

Thank you to our generous sponsors:




Registration has ended.

At this time, schools will only be permitted to register for one team. If additional spots are available once registration closes on January 12, we will notify all schools that had initially requested a 2nd team.

A hotel room block will be available at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Houston/Convention Center (3 blocks from the law school) for $115 per night.

Click here to book the hotel group rate

For additional information, please email Debra Berman at or call 713-646-2997.


During the 3rd Annual Competition in March 2017, we were delighted to welcome 22 teams representing 14 law schools including Brooklyn Law School, Creighton, Ole Miss, SMU, STCL, St. Mary’s University, Texas A&M,  Texas Southern, Tulane, University of Houston, University of Georgia, University of Oklahoma, University of Wyoming, and William & Mary.

Congratulations to the 2017 finalists!

1st place = University of Georgia
2nd place = University of Georgia
3rd place = Tulane
4th place = SMU
1st and 2nd place teams from University of Georgia.

Competition Documents

2018 Competition Schedule
2018 Competition Rules
Score Sheet
2017 Round 1 Fact Pattern
2017 Round 2 Fact Pattern
2017 Final Round Fact Pattern
2016 Round 1 Fact Pattern