Energy Law Negotiation Competition


Update for spring 2024: The Energy Law Negotiation Competition will not be held this year. Please check back for details on 2025! 

The Energy Law Negotiation Competition provides students with an opportunity to develop their negotiation skills using hypothetical transactional-based fact patterns alongside actual lawsuits. This is also the only ADR competition of its kind where students have the opportunity to negotiate the settlement of a pending lawsuit using court documents. 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. 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:

Law Firms: Andrews Kurth, Baker Botts; Baker Hostetler; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Bibby, McWilliams & Kearney; Clennan, Hood & Bieber; Dupuis & Polozola; Foley Lardner; Gardere, Wynne, Sewell; Godwin Lewis; Gray Reed & McGraw; Gordon & Rees; Greenberg Traurig; Haynes & Boone; Hogan Lovells; Jackson Walker; 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; Porter Hedges, Shook Hardy & Bacon, Womble Bond Dickinson; Yetter Coleman; and Vinson & Elkins

Energy Companies: Anadarko Petroleum Corp.; Apache Corporation; BHP Billiton Petroleum; Cantera Energy; Chevron; EOG Resources; EP Energy; Exxon Mobile; Fieldwood Energy; GeoSouthern Energy Corporation; Hess Corporation; Occidental Petroleum Corp.; Osaka Gas; Noble Energy; Santo Petroleum; Shell; Southwest Energy; Swift Energy;  Talos Energy; Treadstone Energy Partners; ZTC Petro Investments


Schools may register only one team and the competition is capped at 18 teams. For more information, please email Debra Berman at dberman@stcl.edu.


Last March, we were delighted to welcome students from the following 18 law schools: Brooklyn, Cardozo, Emory, George Washington, University of Colorado, University of Texas, University of Houston, University of Georgia, University of Oklahoma, University of Mississippi, Stetson, Chapman, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, LSU, Liberty, William and Mary, and UNC.

Congratulations to the 2022 Finalists:
1st Place = Stetson
2nd Place = University of Houston
3rd Place = Texas Tech
4th Place = Cardozo

Congratulations to the 2021 Finalists:
1st Place = University of Texas
2nd Place = Cardozo
3rd Place = Louisiana State University
4th Place = Chapman

Congratulations to the 2019 Finalists:
1st place = University of Houston
2nd place = Texas Tech
3rd place = Texas Southern
4th place = University of Texas

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

2021 Virtual Final Round

2019 1st Place Team from UH Law Center

2018 1st Place team from Brooklyn Law School