International Energy Lawyers Program

The International Energy Lawyers Program (IELP) is a joint JD program with the University of Houston Law Center that allows you to earn both Canadian and American law degrees in four years, and can apply for admission to the bars in both Canada and the US. You will develop highly-marketable skills for the energy and resources industry across North America, and employment opportunities are high because the program is structure to facilitate internships and networking opportunities in the energy industry.

Admissions

Interested students should communicate their interest in the IELP during the admissions process or after receiving an acceptance to one of the partner schools. While it is not necessary to apply to both programs simultaneously, an early expression of interest will assist the Associate Dean (Academic) in providing course guidance. 

Requirements

To be eligible to apply to the IELP, students must have completed the required first-year program and earn a cumulative GPA that places them in the top half of the class.

Students should apply to the program before beginning their second year and must receive formal approval from the advisor at the home school. Students then complete a current application for the partner university and all other requirements to be admitted as a law student. The completed application will be sent to the host law school along with a letter of recommendation from the advisor. The host law school will review the application and accept the student, unless there is an appropriate reason for rejecting the applicant.

Students will usually complete their second year at their home school and years three and four at the partner school. Working closely with the Associate Dean (Academic), students will receive guidance to ensure that they take all courses required at both schools for graduation.

Note: If Calgary students are interested in the program later in their legal education, they should schedule an appointment with the Associate Dean (Academic) to discuss the degree requirements. 

Required courses

Both universities have specific course that students must complete to receive a degree from the respective law school. Some courses must be taken in residence at the particular law school, while others may be taken at either university. See the course breakdown for each school and a suggested degree plan.

Fees and Scholarships

Dual degree students will pay tuition and other related fees to the school at which they are taking classes. Calgary students can secure financial aid through the University of Calgary.

Two $15,000 Nexen Inc. International Energy Law Scholarships are available to students for study in the IELP.


Sample program plan:
UCalgary start

* Represents courses that are required at that particular university

UCalgary year 1 & 2

First year: Fall

  • Foundations in Law & Justice I
  • Constitutional Law*
  • Contracts*
  • Legislation*
  • Property*
  • Torts*
  • Crime*

First year: Winter

  • Foundations in Law & Justice II
  • Constitutional Law*
  • Contracts*
  • Property*
  • Torts*
  • Crime*

Second year: Fall

  • The Administrative Process*
  • Civil Procedure*
  • Ethical Lawyering
  • Electives

Second year: Winter

  • Negotiation (Satisfies hours towards Experiential requirement)
  • Evidence*
  • Business Associations
  • Electives

UHouston year 3 & 4

Third year: Fall

  • Civil Procedure*
  • Electives

Third year: Spring

  • Constitutional Law*
  • Criminal Law*
  • Electives

Fourth year: Fall

  • Experiential course
  • Seminar/Writing Requirement
  • Electives

Fourth year: Spring

  • Electives

Sample program plan:
UHouston start

* Represents courses that are required at that particular university

UHouston year 1 & 2

First year: Fall

  • Contracts
  • Procedure*
  • Torts
  • Lawyering Skills and Strategies

First year: Spring

  • Constitutional*
  • Criminal*
  • Property
  • Statutory Interpretation and Regulation
  • Lawyering Skills and Strategies

Second year: Fall

  • Evidence
  • Experiential course
  • Energy electives (2)
  • Federal Income Tax

Second year: Spring

  • Professional Responsibilities
  • Business Organizations
  • Energy electives (2)

UCalgary years 3 & 4

Third year: Fall

  • Constitutional Law*
  • Legislation*
  • Crime*
  • Electives

Third year: Winter

  • Negotiation (Satisfies hours towards Experiential requirement)
  • Constitutional Law*
  • Crime*
  • Electives

Fourth year: Fall

  • The Administrative Process*
  • Ethical Lawyering*
  • Upper-year writing requirement
  • Electives

Fourth year: Winter

  • Advocacy - Criminal Trials/Civil Trails
  • Evidence*
  • Theory requirement
  • Electives

Think the International Energy Lawyers Program is right for you? Apply now.