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; EOG Resources; EP Energy; Fieldwood Energy; GeoSouthern Energy Corporation; Hess Corporation; Occidental Petroleum Corp.; Noble Energy; Shell; Southwest Energy; Swift Energy;  Talos Energy; Treadstone Energy Partners; ZTC Petro Investments

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

Thank you to our sponsors:


The 5th Annual Energy Law Negotiation Competition will be held on April 6-7, 2019.

The competition will be capped at 18 teams and registration will be on a first come, first served basis. 

Registration for the  2019 competition is now full.

To be placed on the wait list, please email Debra Berman at

During the 4th Annual Competition in March 2018, we were delighted to welcome 24 teams representing 18 law schools including Brooklyn Law School, Ole Miss, SMU, STCL, St. Mary’s University, Tulane, University of Houston, University of Georgia, University of Oklahoma, University of Wyoming, University of Connecticut, University of North Carolina, Chapman, Southwestern, Texas Tech, LSU, University of South Dakota, and Georgetown.

Congratulations to the 2018 finalists!

1st place = Brooklyn Law School
2nd place = University of Wyoming
3rd place = University of Houston
4th place = Southwestern Law School

1st place team from Brooklyn Law School

Competition Documents

2019 Competition Schedule
2019 Competition Rules
Score Sheet
Lodging, Dining, and Local Attractions
2018 Round 1 Fact Pattern
2018 Round 2 Fact Pattern
2017 Round 1 Fact Pattern
2017 Round 2 Fact Pattern
2017 Final Round Fact Pattern
2016 Round 1 Fact Pattern