Energy law has been a core component of the environmental law curriculum at GW since the program’s inception, addressing diverse topics such as utility regulation, climate change, national security and energy, environmental impacts of facilities siting, and property interests in natural resources. The environmental impacts of energy production including initiatives for the development of alternative energy technology continue to place energy matters at the forefront of environmental law conversations. GW Law’s extraordinary energy law faculty members provide students with unparalleled expertise in this vital area of law. GW’s location at heart of the nation’s capital allows students to gain firsthand experience in and out of the classroom, to build an understanding of the connection between energy law and critical issues of public importance including national security, reliability, economic development, social equity, and environmental protection.
Recent GW Law students have gained knowledge and skills in the area of energy law participating in outplacement assignments at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, energy-focused non-governmental organizations, and at law firms specializing in energy law.
GW Law has hosted major energy conferences in each of the last three years, and regularly hosts energy law events such as an Energy Law career panel.
Members of the George Washington Journal of Energy and Environmental Law enhance their legal research and writing skills, while having the opportunity to become a published legal author.
Energy law issues are truly of international scope. GW Law’s relationship with the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and as a member of the North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE), allows students to study international issues in energy law at partner institutions. GW students will participate in a NACLE-led energy research project beginning in the Fall of 2013. In the Fall of 2011, GW Law initiated an international energy law research project with the University of Groningen and the Fundação Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro. Students from the three schools will work together during the 2013 academic year on energy issues. The collaboration will include a program in Rio in August 2013.