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Energy Law Careers

Submitted by lcareers on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:28pm


Given Calgary Law's specialization in natural resources, energy and environmental law (NREEL), it is natural that students will be interested in exploring more about what career opportunities are out there. If you are one of our students who plans to work in Calgary or any other major market with an energy-focus, you'll want to take some time to gain an understanding of the industry. In Calgary, a significant portion of the legal work is for the energy industry or intersects with the industry. So whether you are interested in having an energy practice, working for a regulatory body, working for an in-house legal department at an oil & gas company, becoming an environmental lawyer, pursuing a career in academia in one of the NREEL areas or just want to pursue a related career option, it is good idea to start equipping yourself with information!

A good starting point

  • Review the portion of our Faculty's website dedicated to NREEL. Here you will find faculty members highlighted who specialize in this area and resources such as books that you might want to check out.
  • Attend the Environmental & Natural Resources Career Panel brought to you by the CPDO, in partnership with the Environmental Law Students' Association in the fall (watch the CPDO newsletter for confirmed date).
  • Find out more about the International Energy Lawyers Program, an initiative that allows students to earn both Canadian and American law degrees in four years through the University of Calgary and the University of Houston. Through the IELP students will learn from the best legal minds in natural resources, energy and environmental law. We also work towards students who expressed an interest in the program during first year of law school in providing them with summer internships in the industry. Internships provided to our IELP students, and other students serious about practising in the energy or natural resources sector have been provided at organizations such as Nexen, Shell, the Canadian Institute of Resources Law and the Alberta Utilities Commission.

We also recommend that you start reading publications, websites and blogs in your area of interest to start familiarizing yourself with the industry.